News from the last week or so:

An arms deal and a journalist’s death.  A caravan of refugees escaping death.  Name calling.  Scapegoating.  Erasing Transgenderism.  Changing voting laws and “cleaning” voter rolls weeks before elections.  Talk of building up nuclear arms.

Good New from Jesus for the last couple thousand years:

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  Welcome the stranger.  What comes out of the mouth comes from the heart.  Be peacemakers.  For God so loved the whole world that He gave his only Son.  The parable of the Good Samaritan.  Jesus was the ultimate scapegoat.

The Good News are things Jesus said, did, and calls on his followers to do.

When our politics is in conflict with what Jesus said, did, and tells us to do, we have a choice.  If we claim the label of follower of Jesus, then we can take that seriously or not.  If we are serious about it, then our option is to change our politics and policies so they are in alignment with what Jesus tells us.

When we make excuses and dismiss Jesus in order to maintain our ideological and political beliefs, then we are proclaiming who we really have faith in – our politics, political leaders, and ideology.  We willingly trade in our faith from God for some worthless ideology and identity that will go out of existence.  And when it does, what was the point?  What did our loyalty and allegiance to it gain us?  Nothing.

Or as Jesus asked – What does it profit you to gain the whole world, but lose your soul?