But, our calling as Christians is to rise above politics and be Jesus' hands and feet to a broken world. Our mandate is to love as He loved, not to create division based on our own personal political stances. Churches are full of people who disagree politically but stand united under "one Lord, one faith, one baptism..." (Ephesians 4:5). Our mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus should not be road blocked by our fear. We are called to love despite the political climate and dare I say, despite executive orders. No matter your political stance as a Christian, our mandate to love supersedes it.
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." 1 John 4:7
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:18-19
"Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’" Matthew 22:37-39
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." John 13:34
As I go about my days trying to fulfill my calling to sow Jesus’ love in the world around me, this is my prayer:
"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Prayer of St. Francis