I want you to think about that for a second. Out of all the people who have ever asked or told you to do something for them, who is greater than the one asking you to take a stand for him this morning? Now, admittedly, my asking you to stand up in the pew a few seconds ago is a lot easier than the stand that he is asking you to take. But the principle should be the same.
You stood for the simple reason that I asked you to. You trusted that I had a reason for asking you to stand. Well it only takes a little faith to know that Jesus wouldn't ask this of you if there weren't a good reason as well. If we look in Luke, Chapter 5, verseswe see an example of someone having faith enough in Jesus to obey, even when he didn't totally understand why.
This is the story of Jesus walking, he is talking to the crowd and he is walking by and he sees the fisherman, he seeks Simon out. And it says that "when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 'Now go out where it is deeper and lay down your nets and you will catch many fish.
A shout for help brought their partners and the other boat and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. Now remember that Jesus was a fisherman--right? Jesus was a carpenter. So here's this carpenter telling this professional fisherman how best to go about his work. All it took on Simon's part was a little faith to end up being blessed with two boats that were filled to overflowing. Jesus got the response that he was looking for from Simon.
Faith and action. Standing up for Christ requires the same thing of us. Faith that Jesus Just Stand Up! a good reason for us to stand up for him. And action then to see it through. Even if it means losing some of our friends or going against what everyone else in class believes, or losing a promotion to a co-worker who isn't bothered by certain office politics. Now, some of you may be saying, "Well, great. Christ did something for Simon, but what has he done for me lately?
That deserves our faith in whatever he tells us to do. He died for us. He died for you and he died for me. But the cool thing is, that's not all. Not only did he die for us, but he stood up for us as well. And we didn't even ask him to do that. It's called the resurrection. One of the basic meanings of the Greek word "resurrection" is literally "a standing up again.
Christ stood up once for us when he came to earth to demonstrate what a personal relationship Him can Just Stand Up!. Then he died and he paid the price for our sins, so that we could never, ever hope to pay. And then after all of that, he was resurrected. He stood up again. So you see, Jesus is already standing up for us. He isn't calling for us to do anything for him, that he hasn't already done for us.
And are we willing to stand up for him? He is calling on us to take a stand because if we stand, then we can walk with him. You see, it's kind of hard to walk when you're sitting on your rear-end. Now, maybe you're asking, "What would I be standing for? That means everything from your personal life of daily reading your bible and praying, to your public life, which could be anything from not gossiping or not using foul language to speaking openly about your relationship with him.
Is this an easy thing to do? The question is, is it worth it? Being a Christian is not all fun and perfect. We still have hurts and disappointments. The difference is that we have a friend who will Just Stand Up! us get through the bad times and who knows our every need and wants us to live a fulfilled life in him. I think that word fulfilled is pretty important.
Unfortunately, some people don't even know that this fulfillment is what they are missing. Why is it that some people who the world holds up as wealthy and famous like Just Stand Up! rock stars, movie stars, professional athletes, are people that we sometime see as having it all? Why do we sometimes read the stories of these people committing suicide? I believe they find out that there is nothing they can own.
No one they can control or nothing that they can do on their own to fill the hole in their life, this hole that is God shaped.
Only He can fill it. He longs to fill that space in our lives. Anything else we try to put in there, is like the saying, "putting a square peg in a round hole," you can jam it in there, but it's never going to fit exactly right.
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They are simply repeating establishment talking points without any evidence to support their claims and in doing so actively misleading the public with respect to basic economic realities. In the recent words of Paul Krugman, they remain "in the thrall of Right-wing propaganda" in which "they have internalized decades of right-wing economic propaganda, that their gut reaction to any proposal to improve Americans' lives is that it must be unworkable and unaffordable.
Coupled with this free-market disinformation campaign is a strategy of conspiratorial fear-mongering against the so-called "radical left. The "moderate" answer is to always blame these "radicals" for threatening their electability and as such are a danger to not only the Democratic Party but the nation's democracy overall. Their "purity" politics undermine "real reform" and inadvertently or to some even intentionally strengthens the far-Right.
Of course, such disinformation and conspiracy is in truth the language of a privileged elite whose power is progressively being put into question and who are feeling increasingly vulnerable.
It allows them to shift attention from the fact that they have willingly encouraged the far-Right in the recent past, played on racially inspired "white fear," continually lost at elections at almost record level home, and embraced the worst excesses of US imperialism and militarism abroad.
And now their rhetoric is a direct threat to the survival and renewal of Democracy in the US and internationally. They preserve and deepen the very conditions conducive to far-Right populism and historically fascism while ignoring how existing Democrats and capitalist democracies generally continue to perpetuate a status quo built on exploitation and policing. Crucially, it is necessary to recognize who are the "real" constituents of these self-proclaimed "moderates.
Yet their campaign contributions and family networks would suggest otherwise. Fundamentally, it shows that their genuine allegiance lies first and foremost with their paymasters on Wall Street. The invoking of "moderate voters" is symbolic of a dangerous politics where oligarchy shields itself from genuine critique through "shared identity" against a nefarious enemy "other.
These "red scare" tactics have been easily turned inwards against radical activists demanding to " defund the police " or progressives who " nobody likes " calling for "idealistic" revolutions. These denigrating strategies may win cheap political points in the short term but help pave the way for further illiberalism, imperialism, and authoritarianism in the long term. We must call them what they are - not "moderates" but "corporate extremists. Such a policy would not only be more reflective of reality it is also simply good politics.
Where the Democrats have found electoral success is presenting themselves as the Party committed to preserving democracy and against extremism. If they wanted to expand their base of support, putting in place popular policies that benefit the many and not the few is a good start. And doing so as part of a wider agenda to struggle against the twin forces of elitism and extremism imperiling our democracy and freedom is even better.
It would be naive to think that ultimately the Democratic Party no matter how progressive or radical their rhetoric can deliver real systemic change. That will have to happen with a mass movement committed to creating a better world beyond capitalism.
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