What can we do to help fix this mess?

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Last night on our BlogTalkRadio show, Republican consultant, Rob Stutzman, gave us some of the most practical advice I’ve encountered so far as to how to treat this election and its aftermath, and continue to manifest grace turned outward in the midst of a hostile environment. I highly recommend … no, I require you to listen to that discussion by clicking on the link below. Now, of course, I am not in a place of authority to require you to do anything, but in as much as I do have your best interests in mind, I can’t over-stress this.

If you’re like me, you feel helpless in light of the prevailing mood of anger, bigotry and hurtfulness. Some people are literally afraid to come out of their homes because they are not white and male. What can we do as grace-turned-outward Christians to change that? Rob suggested that it starts with empathy. We need to start by trying to identify with those who feel put upon by this cultural backlash. He suggested we try to imagine what we would be feeling right now if we were Hispanic, African American, Muslim, LGBT or female. How would we feel about going out?

Empathy has long been one of our priorities here at the Catch. It’s what we mean when we say to walk in someone else’s shoes, or to come alongside someone. What would it mean to have the weight of society coming against you?

Of course, it isn’t enough just to empathize — we need to act on these understandings — but it is a place to begin. And if we understand how a person might feel, we will be more able to converse with them, and come alongside them. We may be able, in some cases, to advocate for them — to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves or are too afraid to speak. This can happen in the workplace, in our neighborhoods, even in our churches.

It is time for us at the Catch to “seize the day.” We have the biblical insight and the spiritual tools necessary to be part of the solution to a divided country. This is not just rhetoric; it’s a job we get up in the morning to perform. This is serious strategy for turning grace outward. We will be talking about this a lot in the future.

Blessed are the peacemakers, the bridge builders, the reachers across the aisle. Blessed are those who stand in the gap — who lose themselves in the needs of others.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The Catch will take a holiday starting tomorrow and resume on Monday. May you have a blessed holiday and quality time with family. May love and thankfulness prevail.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR INTERVIEW WITH ROB STUTZMAN

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8 Responses to What can we do to help fix this mess?

  1. drewdsnider says:

    I will listen to that interview, hopefully with my wife alongside, too, because she and her colleagues are just as shocked and depressed about what’s happening. But a couple of things have leapt out at me from this election and its aftermath. First is that the attitudes and sentiments didn’t “just happen”: they’ve been around all this time, and the “social progress” of the past half-century has, in fact, had little or no effect on the hearts of people. People change their behavior through their hearts, not through legislation, and I believe we’re seeing a whole lot of people who have been forced into silence for fear of being called any number of names, from “NIMBY” to “uneducated” to “deplorable”. The second observation is that the ugliness that has emerged on both sides is like a boil, finally coming to a head. The only way to treat it is to lance the thing and let all the poison other junk come flooding out and then, we can heal the wound.

    We have to remember that the “deplorables” are worthy of Grace, too.

    • Tim Logan says:

      Living in middle america Oklahoma to be specific and being a white male i would be one of Hillary’s deplorables but i am not uneducated i have an associates degree i am also a follower of Christ and i believe God’s word and what it says so i also guess that makes me anti LGBT, but instead of hating my gay friends i pray that they may come to know Jesus personally most of all let us remember this Thanksgiving That we all can be thankful or Christs sacrifice on the cross for me and for you.

      • jwfisch says:

        Amen, Tim. Thanks for writing.

      • Suzan says:

        Just need to point out that being LGBT doesn’t mean you don’t know Jesus personally. I don’t believe God’s Word tells us this, it’s our interpretation. We (I most definitely include myself) are too focused on judging others for the things WE determine are most deplorable, downgrading our own deplorableness. There are plenty of Biblical teachings we choose to ignore, overlook, or determine don’t apply to us. I’m going to focus on praying that God will give me strength to truly love all “deplorables,” including myself, and trust that Jesus has the rest of it covered.

    • jwfisch says:

      The deplorables “R” us!

  2. gregg says:

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Mark Seguin says:

    Very good & insightful Catch & Happy Thanksgiving to all. ❤

  4. “…as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
    ~ Colossians 3:12-17

    While there will always be things to complain about, if we look carefully there are always blessings to be thankful for. When Paul describes our newness in Christ, “thankfulness” is the only characteristic mentioned more than once. In fact it is mentioned three times. “Be thankful,” he says in Colossians 3:15. Sing to God “with gratitude in your hearts” (v. 16). And whatever you do, be sure to be “giving thanks to God the Father” (v. 17). Paul’s instruction to be thankful is astonishing when we consider that he wrote this letter from prison!

    Today – AND EVERY DAY – let’s make the choice to have an attitude of thankfulness.
    —Joe Stowell (emphasis mine)

    Lord, teach me the liberating joy of being thankful!
    Help me to find the blessings that are locked up in the things I complain about and to regularly express my gratitude to You and others.

    Choose the attitude of gratitude.

    Excerpted from the daily devotional: “Our Daily Bread” – http://odb.org/2016/11/24/game-of-thanks/

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