Friday, October 5, 2012

A Confession

My neighbors and I have many differing views, but living in the same area gives us the strength of common bonds. Regardless of our political views, we do our best to look after one another's homes to prevent crime. One day some of my neighbors called the police when they saw my adult son roaming around the house and his friend climbing over our fence. The cops came with guns drawn, but thankfully my neighbors and I can laugh about it now. Not so funny are the two different times I left one neighbor's German Shepherd outside a few minutes too long while dog-sitting. She was so unhappy, she ate her way through the doggie door--not just once, but twice! Yet, despite our flaws, all our neighbors believe the best about each other and do what we can to help out in a multitude of ways. It's a great place to live.

God's eternal realm is even better. The beauty of common ground is that we share a risen-Savior, who called His body (the Church, made up of many different components), to work together in harmony. And, that's TLA's goal--to be a catalyst to bring together believers in Jesus Christ starting with personal transformation that leads to changes in our society. Within this neighborhood, there is room for many different denominations, ethnic groups, and political views.

No doubt, those who hold a biblical worldview value the lives of trafficking victims. That's common ground. In addition, we want the traffickers to be dealt with. Yet the outworking of justice and mercy leaves room for a wide variety of ideas and concerns. So, with that said, I have a confession to make.

The perspective set forth in the previous post--on putting campaign signs in my front yard--was my view, not TLA's. Transform LA has no opinion on Prop 35 or any other political issue. What's most important to us is that long after the voting in this campaign is over, we still want to be drawing together the Body of Christ in a way that will bring the Lord glory and honor. Rather than giving the media opportunities to flaunt our differences, we want to focus on our love for one another, believing the best about each other, and working together.

As He often does, God is using this situation to challenge me to be more careful in thinking through my views and not to assume everyone agrees. In addition, I need to  show respect for the views of my brothers and sisters in Christ and learn all I can before forming an opinion. So, I'm listing some links that will help us all make a more informed decision about how to vote.
  • http://www.caseact.org/case/factsheet/
  • http://sanleandro.patch.com/blog_posts/vote-yes-on-prop-35-to-stop-human-trafficking-in-california-wwwvoteyeson35com
  • http://churchimpact.org/2012/08/29/proposition-35-human-trafficking-penalties-sex-offender-registration-initiative-statute-oppose/
  •  https://noonprop35.wordpress.com/
  •  http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/policy-advocacy/current-laws

On this blog, we're not going to debate politics, we'll simply do our best to provide good information. I'm thankful for the thought-provoking discussion that ensued because someone took the time to bring additional information to light.

I hope you'll join me in paying close attention to Prop 35 and learning all we can about the pros and cons. Then make the most informed choice we know how and pray for God's will to be done, His kingdom to come in and through this process. That should help us stay focused on the common ground that keeps our neighborhood beautiful.

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