It is impossible to pursue the dictates of a political party and stay faithful to the Jesonian.
There. I said it.
Anyone who follows a political persuasion is bound by that party to defend the stances presently being taken in the moment instead of embracing a more historical and eternal view.
Politics are for those who have given up on the power of the Gospel.
It is a way of trying to convince Caesar to accept your principles, or a way of forcing your principles into becoming “the new Caesar.”
Let us realize, they were constantly hounding Jesus to become political. They wanted him to fly the flag of Judaism and reject the Samaritans, or criticize the Greek woman who came for healing, attack the tax collectors, who were considered betrayers to the seed of Abraham, and most certainly, deny Rome the authority to rule and reign.
He disappointed all of these factions by living off of two simple concepts:
- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- Go the second mile.
There is no political party in the United States of America that fully lines up in agreement with either of these concepts.
For “do unto others” is a decision to include all of humanity into your circle instead of rejecting some. So as the Republicans are infuriated with immigrants and the Democrats despise the South, the Jesonian individual must remain apolitical–loving the new visitors to our country and honoring the brothers and sisters in the Southeast.
No political party in this country believes in going the second mile. Going the second mile is finding out what energizes us instead of exhausts us.
The constant debate, attacks, and gridlock caused by political maneuvering becomes a national fatigue which removes the initiative to do just a little better than we did the last time.
- “Do unto others” is spiritual.
- “Go the second mile” is practical.
But you will find that when you do unto others, it has a practical edge, making you a friend of all tribes.
And you will discover that when you go the second mile, you gain spiritual credibility, as bystanders view your endeavors.
It is not reasonable to be political.
What is reasonable is to maintain a profile that is apolitical, while doing unto others and going the second mile–allowing the future to be determined by the wisdom of inclusion and the impetus of excellence.
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