It’s easy to see the ugly of this world. Often we are inundated with bad news. We yearn for Good News, but usually it is hard to find “out there.” We read and see story after story about division, corruption, lying, abuse, death, destruction, name calling, etc. It’s easy to let these things consume us – take away our joy. To see the world in all its brokenness.
And occasionally we get a bright spot. Like the story about Rep-Elect Dan Crenshaw. He was mocked by Saturday Night Live performer Pete Davidson. Davidson later apologized. And this past week we heard about Davidson’s tweet that scared people into thinking he was going to harm himself. When Rep-Elect Crenshaw heard about this, he contacted Davidson and told him this:
“I talked to him personally [Sunday],” Crenshaw said. “We don’t go back very far. We’re not good friends. But I think he appreciated hearing from me. I told him everyone had a purpose in this world. God put you here for a reason. It’s your job to find that purpose. And you should live that way.”
When I saw this, my first thought was – wow, here is someone living out the teachings of Jesus. Love your enemy. Maybe this wasn’t exactly what Jesus had in mind, but I don’t think it’s all that much of a stretch. I can’t imagine Crenshaw and Davidson are best buds, even after the apology and forgiveness given by Crenshaw, but it’s about as close as I can see an example of love your enemy in our world today.
While this is certainly Good News and what it means to live out the Gospel, we really shouldn’t be searching “out there” for these stories in order for us to feel good. Yes, these types of stories are nice. Yes, I wish there were more. But you know how you get more of these type of stories? Simple – start living the Gospel. Be the story. The Good News isn’t somewhere “out there.” It’s right here, inside you, waiting to burst out of you – to be Good News for others to see and experience.
Living the Gospel isn’t for others to do and for you to watch. It’s for you to go and do. Don’t wait for someone else to go and live it. You are called to live it. That’s how Good News happens.
Go and live the Gospel. Be Good News. Don’t wait.