It has been difficult to concentrate on details in the church office this week. The events in Charlottesville last weekend remain with me as I try to absorb reactions in the news from around the country. I was numbed by the first response from The White House, the off-hand comment that “many sides” contributed to the violence. Say what you will, tremendous damage was done by the president’s refusal to condemn overt Nazi’s and white supremacists, as if the clergy whose hands I held on Saturday morning, some of whom risked their lives, were part of the problem. I am simply stunned, despite the tardy video statement that finally appeared on Monday.
One of the things preacher Traci Blackmon said at the worship service the night before that rally has stayed with me: “God does not care about your politics; God cares about people.” That goes for me and everyone else reading this. God does not care about my liberal/yellow dog Democrat politics, taught to me by my mother and her family. God did not care about my father’s ultra-conservative, McCarthy-loving Republicanism, or about someone else’s conservative/neo-conservative loyalty to the Grand Old Party either. God cares about you and about me, and about the rainbow-colored residents of Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Virginia, the United States, and all the other nations and continents of the world.
I intend to repeat Traci’s words to myself again and again and again. God does not care about my politics, and I should not care as much about them either. Only about the people God made in God’s own image in every shade of earth.
Scripture Readings: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20.