Last night on our BlogTalkRadio show, Republican consultant, Rob Stutzman, gave us some of the most practical advice I’ve encountered so far as to how to treat this election and its aftermath, and continue to manifest grace turned outward in the midst of a hostile environment. I highly recommend … no, I require you to listen to that discussion by clicking on the link below. Now, of course, I am not in a place of authority to require you to do anything, but in as much as I do have your best interests in mind, I can’t over-stress this.
If you’re like me, you feel helpless in light of the prevailing mood of anger, bigotry and hurtfulness. Some people are literally afraid to come out of their homes because they are not white and male. What can we do as grace-turned-outward Christians to change that? Rob suggested that it starts with empathy. We need to start by trying to identify with those who feel put upon by this cultural backlash. He suggested we try to imagine what we would be feeling right now if we were Hispanic, African American, Muslim, LGBT or female. How would we feel about going out?
Empathy has long been one of our priorities here at the Catch. It’s what we mean when we say to walk in someone else’s shoes, or to come alongside someone. What would it mean to have the weight of society coming against you?
Of course, it isn’t enough just to empathize — we need to act on these understandings — but it is a place to begin. And if we understand how a person might feel, we will be more able to converse with them, and come alongside them. We may be able, in some cases, to advocate for them — to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves or are too afraid to speak. This can happen in the workplace, in our neighborhoods, even in our churches.
It is time for us at the Catch to “seize the day.” We have the biblical insight and the spiritual tools necessary to be part of the solution to a divided country. This is not just rhetoric; it’s a job we get up in the morning to perform. This is serious strategy for turning grace outward. We will be talking about this a lot in the future.
Blessed are the peacemakers, the bridge builders, the reachers across the aisle. Blessed are those who stand in the gap — who lose themselves in the needs of others.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12
The Catch will take a holiday starting tomorrow and resume on Monday. May you have a blessed holiday and quality time with family. May love and thankfulness prevail.
CLICK HERE FOR OUR INTERVIEW WITH ROB STUTZMAN