Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty. (Ezekiel 34:2,4)
Relate: I almost backed away from writing what I am about to write because it can very easily be seen as a political issue rather than a spiritual one. But everything is spiritual. The dichotomy between sacred and secular is a false one. Everything belongs to God and everyone, no matter what their motives and reasoning, is either working for Him or working against Him. Unfortunately, many are working hard to be as unchristlike as possible by denying the aid and succor that the primary victims of ISIS, the Syrian Refugees, so desperately need. There are twenty-six governors and multiple presidential candidates who have forfeited their right to lead by their willingness to walk on by as the poor lie bleeding and dying on the Jericho road. Jeb Bush, unlike some of the others, has shown partial willingness to help. He is willing for us to play the role of the good samaritan if, and only if, the one needing help is a Christian. Is this supposed to be better?
React: Honestly, what I am seeing on the rise is little other than another wave of McCarthyism. It has always been an evil, and low political tactic to stir up the masses by propping up an enemy. This enemy was communism up until a few decades ago. Even while that was in the process of collapsing, Saddam Hussein very generously offered to step in the gap by invading Kuwait. Over the next decade or so, this evolved from Iraq to the Middle East, and now to all Muslims. It is a sad truth that the terrorists and many western politicians are working towards the same short term goals even while their long term game is vastly different. Both are trying to use fear to increase power.
To those candidates, governors, and congressmen who are manipulating fear to increase their own power. Please stop. If you cannot lead, truly lead, those God has placed you in authority over, then just get out of the way. To those who call themselves Christian and yet are riding along on the same tide of fear, hate, and bigotry. Please stop. Either stop calling yourself a Christian or take a closer look at what Christ actually said about fear, revenge, and our enemies let alone love and what it takes to truly be His follower.
God, I repent on behalf of those who claim the name Christian even as they hate their fellow man. I repent for the way Your name is being disgraced by those who wallow in fear rather than demonstrate Your love. Help me to lead by word and example what Your love really looks like. Help me to show Your love at any cost even as so many others who claim Your name shut their doors or walk by on the other side of the road.