What do we do now?
Some folks are happy. Some sad.
Some fearful. Some expectant.
Some anxious. some relieved.
So what do we do now?
Well, I pastor a congregation of disciples who seek to walk in the Way of Jesus. A faith community that seeks to share Christ, live by loving, care by serving and see Christ in all. And by all we mean ALL. We're weird that way. And we screw it up sometimes. But every time we dust ourselves off, turn from our way to God's way, and try again. Grace is cool that way. It gives us an everlasting hope.
We are a faith community that is Reconciled in Christ (RIC) and is welcoming to all. We seek to be a community that embodies radical hospitality. So If you are Native American, Asian, Hispanic, Black, White, Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial...If you are three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old...If you’ve never stepped foot in a church; or if you are Catholic or Protestant, Buddhist or Jain, Jewish or Muslim, Hindu or Sikh, atheist, agnostic, or Christian, a seeker or spiritual or not quite sure...If you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered...If you are male or female, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer...If you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist, Libertarian or of any or no political persuasion...If you have, or had, addictions, phobias, regrets, or a criminal record...If you own your home, rent, live with your parents, or with your children or with your friends, or are homeless...If you are fully-abled, disabled or a person of differing abilities...
You are welcome here at TLC!
We are also a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (not of America) and as such we take the work of justice and holding people and governments accountable for their actions seriously. Our justice ministry is our largest ministry. And we also seek to be a community of mercy who feeds and clothes the hungry and the outcast.
We worship and we pray. We praise and we encourage. We equip and send one another out for the work of the gospel. And gospel means good news. And in all of this that good news is not diminished one bit.
Jesus is our Lord.
We are in the world and not of it.
We pray for our leaders, but are under no illusion that they will embody God's concerns for the hungry, the voiceless, the outcast, the imprisoned, the widow and the orphan, the immigrant and the marginalized.
And so we pray and will seek to hold them accountable.
We will stand with the poor.
We will stand for the immigrant.
We will stand with the LGBTQ community
We stand with all women who have been and continued to suffer from a society at large that will not see and treat them as equals. That talks over their stories of harassment, objectification, and pain.
We stand with #blacklivesmatter because in this country all lives are not equal.
We will stand for peace and justice.
And we will stand for the marginalized and the suffering because that is what people who seek to walk in the Way of Jesus do. It is what all Christians are call to do. The election did not change this, but perhaps it has brought our work more clearly into focus and with renewed urgency. As we all catch our breath and breath our prayers there is great love and goodness all around us if we have eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts soft enough to embrace it. God invites us to enter that love, God's love, the peace that passes all understanding.