For Valentine’s Day and Lent – love
president is one year into his term and is providing the State of the Union
address this week. I know that many people are boycotting the State
of the Union, via television and in-person. I won’t
lie…I’m one of them. He’s an extremely unconventional and
challenging president – that’s putting it mildly – and I
can’t watch him without becoming emotionally irritated. I’ll
read the address the day after.
don’t agree with him on anything that I can think of…but I try really hard to “love my enemies,” when it
comes to 45. In trying to relate and connect to him in some way, I
think one point where I may be able to do it, is scrutiny. As the
POTUS, he is exceedingly scrutinized. Everything he says and does is under
I’m also one year in to my position. Yes, one year! February
20th is officially one year that I’ve been your lead co-pastor.
It’s flown by so quickly and been absolutely
amazing. I don’t think 45 can say the same about his first
year. Also like 45, despite how well or
“not-so-well” a pastor does their job, scrutiny is a natural
part of the job. Even though I feel supported beyond measure, I still
remind myself that someone is potentially scrutinizing me at any moment.
Presidents and pastors; our positions attract scrutiny.
me, in light of this inherent scrutiny, I’m
inclined to reflect on what I’ve done and said in the last year. I
also want to reach out to my constituents (“my congregation”).
I want to engage, listen, relate, hear and experience as much as I can in order to make the world better from my position.
Unfortunately, I’m not seeing any evidence that 45 is inclined to do
the same. But I pray it will get better.
I hope that
in the next year, he’s able to be as fortunate as I have been in
my first year and be touched by the love of beautiful people. For all of the things that seem to distance me from the
president, I try to remember that he’s my brother in the eyes of God.
I don’t see him as an “enemy” per se, but I think of Luke
6:27-36 which tells us to love our enemies and be merciful, like God. So as we enter this season of Lent, let us remember the
sacrifice of our Lord and give up anger and hatred. Let’s love the
unlovable – whoever that may be.