What’s great about living in America right now

“It’s not about morality, it’s about grace; it’s not about politics, it’s about people; it’s not about what we’re against, it’s about who we’re for.”


And the battle’s just begun

There’s many who lost, but tell me who has won?

– U2

Our country is in a hurtful battle right now the likes of which I haven’t seen since we battled over our involvement in the Vietnam War in the 1960s. And like most social battles, it appears many have lost and very few, if any, have won.

Last night on BlogTalkRadio, Barbara Walters (aka Marti Fischer) conducted an interview with Catch producer Gunnar Simonsen and myself over what Grace Turned Outward looks like in this current cultural climate. I recommend you listen to it.

I thought the country was divided before the election; now the situation is even worse after it. Both sides — liberal and conservative — are using the news media as propaganda for their side, and unbiased sources of information are almost nonexistent.  Our new president is trying to govern a country that elected him by electoral college, not popular vote. And a day after his inaugural as the 45th President of the United States, millions marched in a show of solidarity in cities all over the world against many of the policies that got him elected. Everyone’s vowing to fight, and fight back.

Where are Christians in all of this? All over the place, most likely, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. We at the Catch believe that this is actually an incredible opportunity for what we talk about a lot as the Gospel of Welcome — Grace Turned Outward.

Among the millions of people who marched for women’s rights on the day after the inauguration, there were undoubtedly many Christians, just like there were undoubtedly many Christians who didn’t march who were confused by those who did. But it’s finally time to push all this aside and focus on what really matters: the Gospel of Welcome — Grace Turned Outward to everyone. It’s not about morality, it’s about grace; it’s not about politics, it’s about people; it’s not about what we’re against, it’s about who we’re for. 

We’re for you and you’re for us, regardless of the battles going on out there. We are mainly concerned about the spiritual battle going on for the souls of men, women and children of all stripes, color, sexual orientation, and religion or none. We are boots-on-the-ground Christians speaking grace into the lives of everyone we meet. We are coming alongside. We will march in any parade where there are people who need Jesus because people need the Lord. People need grace. It’s our time to step out of isolation in our own homes, businesses and even churches, and step out into the world and invite everyone out. Time to stop shouting on social media and start being social. It’s time.

Sunday bloody Sunday

The real battle has just begun

Sunday bloody Sunday

To claim the victory Jesus won

– U2

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2 Responses to What’s great about living in America right now

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Love the profoundness I see in Today’s Catch! Thx Pastor John. ❤
    PS just got home from a Church service we have where I live and I love it and the Rev. messages, yet during it an elderly woman spoke out for her strong support 4 President Trump, which I like him to and the policies he promotes. Just wish he had A LOT more people skills! Just wish I would have read Today's Catch before the Church services…. 🙂

  2. Markus says:

    This particular issue is not just about grace, it is also about dignity. Let’s show the world dignity that is born out of grace. Let us show that it is possible for Christians to disagree on fundamental political issues and yet remain polite and respectful. Let us see political debates between Christians who voted for Trump and Christians who voted for Clinton. Let us see such debates that are about arguments, but which still remain polite and dignified.

    Grace in disagreement so to say. I am not sure whether it would have any political impact at all, but is political success really all that counts? Shouldn’t it be more important to just do the right thing out of grace simply because it IS the right thing to do?

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