I listened to Paula White, and Franklin Graham today. There were some bold declarations about God and Jesus in the inaugural ceremony of President Donald Trump. You’d think I’d love it when someone gets on the national stage and declares Jesus is Lord. After all, I’m a follower of Jesus. I’m supposed to be jazzed by that stuff, right? Truth is, I’m not.
Jesus lived an intentionally homeless life on purpose, but our culture is focused on keeping and consolidating wealth. Jesus went around healing people at every opportunity, but the Affordable Care Act that brought health care to a lot of folks who weren’t insured is being dismantled with no alternative in sight. God commands ‘The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.” How then do we demonize immigrants and promise to deport them all? If you’re going to talk about Jesus, and declare him to be The God, then how about working for the things that matter to him? Jesus commands us to care for “the least of these” and reminds us that when we see the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, stranger… we are looking into the eyes of Jesus.
So how then, do we pray and declare the name of Jesus in a political event without the character of God in our work and expect it to have credibility? I don’t have the arrogance or audacity to speak of what annoys God, but I do know there is a really big Commandment about not taking His name in vain.