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Yesterday I wrote on my notebook calender "a glorious worship it was, too" expressing the joy the LORD gave me. Why the joy? He let me see that my hands clasped in iconic prayer mode focused my mind to hear His voice alone. For some weeks I had been fighting worldly thoughts invading my determined empty mind waiting upon the LORD. It's as if my empty mind kept sliding off into the ditch of worldly clutter. Who could hear His voice in that condition? But when I got on my knees yesterday and clasped my hands in prayer mode there was the voice of the LORD letting me know my struggle was ended.

Of course, I harbored a tinge of worry this morning that maybe, like a car breakdown, clasping my hands as remedy for this sliding would malfunction. I understood the LORD knew my thought, and I didn't want to doubt, but I couldn't help it. Coming to worship was akin to a test. I positioned my rocker, sat down, and clasped my hands to wait upon the LORD. It was a beautiful time: my mind focused on the LORD.

His voice came to me with this message: forgo politics. Imiages of Jesus among the people scrolled through my mind's eye. He was not political. The Pharisees and the rebels fighting Rome were. And I saw them as players on an alternate stage. But Jesus just walked in the world speaking to the Jews and others who sought to hear him and healing those who asked him.

Have you ever imagined the day when we live with the LORD? I have and its meaning is never having to think about loving another because that love will be an innate attribute. In my imiages this morning I saw the old priest in Les Miserables beloved by his parishioners and merciful to all, including the prisoner Jean Valjean. And I wondered, apart from Jesus, were such a man to exist would he have had to cultivate his love and mercy? More appealing was the idea that love and mercy were innate to his character. Jean Valjean had to cultivate them, as do I, which brings me back to politics.

A recent blog I wrote was on this same subject but a different angle, I think. My confession is that it's not easy to forgo politics and excuses are plentiful. But to be political is to adhere to a side. Yet the only possible side to take is Jesus' side, because he's not political. I know some of you will disagree with that statement and say, no he's political. Christianity is political. It's people who are political and they make things, life, political. So Christianity is not political but I hear plenty politicized Christianity.

Think back when you were a kid in elementary school. My guess is you didn't see anyone as friend or foe based on their political stance. If you're like me you didn't even know such a thing as politics. So there was a cohesiveness among the kids. That cohesiveness exists for everyone in union with Christ Jesus. Anyone can come into union with Jesus. In fact, He desires for all His creation to come into union with Him. 

To forgo politics is to forgo divisiveness. It is to look at others with eyes of delight. It is to look at others with suffering eyes knowing they are captive. It is to look at others with eyes of mercy when they are afflicted. It is to confer to others the love we, in union with Christ, have received so that they may experience the joy themselves.

As I said before, forgoing politics is not an easy path, but I'm going to leave you with a verse from this poignant hymn, O Come, O Come Emmanuel. The LORD also placed it in my mind this morning. "To us the path of knowledge show and teach us in her ways to go."

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