somewhere over the rainbow

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the last few days…weeks…
I shake my head
I don’t know what to think, to feel
and so,
I keep silent.
all the while, this tension builds inside of me.

so, here, using this platform,
is where I have chosen to process

where to start…

I am a Christ-follower.
I am an American.
as I witness the events and the backlash that has resulted from those events
I am wondering if those two things can live in harmony?

do I know what it means to be a Christ-follower?
do I know what it means to be an American?

just as sitting in a garage doesn’t make me a car…
going to church (or not going to church) does not a Christian make
and living in one of the 50 states doesn’t necessarily make me an American.

being an American is a liberty that I too often take for granted…
my unalienable rights – those that are impossible to take away or give up…
***screech***
hold on…back that trolley right up!
what are my unalienable rights…as an American?
do they just simply include – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
and if so, what does that look like?
are they the same for you, for me, for next-door-Nancy?
for someone who looks differently than me?
for someone who worships, or chooses not to worship, the same way I do?
for someone who rejoices over a SCOTUS decision, or one who laments over that same decision?
for someone who lives differently than I do?

life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness…
American

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little blue birds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can’t I? – Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz soundtrack

the mention of “rainbow” is intentional…
rainbows have flooded the internet, Facebook in particular, in recent days
to stand in solidarity with those who have chosen
to live
to pursue happiness
and who I imagine finally feel some freedom.
a promise
a covenant…a rainbow
what are my unalienable rights as a Christian?
could they too encompass – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

more crucially, what is my responsibility as a Christ-follower?
Scripture makes that pretty clear.
Love God
Love others.

how is loving God manifested in my own life?
how does it flesh out?
what does it look like?

does it look like
hate
bigotry
racism
jealousy
anger
needing to be “right”?

 

what does God require of me?

…to live justly and to love kindness
    and to walk with your True God in all humility – Micah 6:8 (the Voice)

 

all of these ramblings…
all of these thoughts…
do they mesh, do they fit together?
do they make any sense?

I don’t know the answer to anything, really.

my heart hurts because we hurt each other
we can’t, or maybe we choose not to, see individuals

“We should hope not for a colorblind society but instead for a world in which we can see each other fully, learn from each other, and do what we can to respond to each other with love.” – Rachel Held Evans

whether it is race or religion
or sexual orientation
or choices
or whatever is trending today…
the common denominator is that we are ALL created in the image of God

maybe we can bring the land that is over the rainbow…
where dreams do come true…
here to the present, to the hear-and-now
where we lay our stones down…
we look at those we are prepared to cast those boulders at…
and we see them through a lens of love.

one final thought to ponder…
so many in our culture have been quick to arm themselves with life-altering stones…
armed to destroy…
ready to pounce.
since when did the stone that was rolled away – the stone that sealed the tomb –
since when did we chisel that down to form the stones
which we are eager to cast?
because, if we continue to act like we are acting…
what was the purpose of the Cross?
is there meaning in the resurrection?
did Christ die for nothing?

grace…taste the rainbow

 

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