Elections and Loyalty to Jesus: A Refreshing & Thoughtful Perspective

Mark Schloneger recently penned a thoughtful & refreshing perspective related to the elections. The community that he is a leader of came together last night to declare their  allegiance and loyalty to a Monarch whose name was not pre-printed on any ballots.  The community that Schloneger is a leader of is a church and the allegiance ceremony was the Lord’s supper.  Below is an excerpt from the article that I found particularly insightful:

The Lord’s Supper reminds followers of Jesus to practice the politics of Jesus. To me, practicing the politics of Jesus means working to protect the sanctity of all human life, whether it is found in the womb, in prison, or in countries at war against us. It means choosing the way of forgiveness and reconciliation rather than vengeance and violence. It means practicing an economy based on generosity and mutual aid. It means offering care and compassion to suffering people regardless of their immigration status, economic class or religious practice. It means being good stewards of God’s good creation. And, most of all, it means allowing God’s kingdom to break into the entirety of our lives, from the privacy of our homes to the politics we practice in public. The bread and the cup keep calling me back to the table inscribed with memory. There, I remember God’s choice for the transfer of power. There, I remember where to go with my fears, my hopes, my worries and my struggles. At the table, with my sisters and brothers, I am in the presence of the Holy.”

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

About Harold Simmons, Senior Associate Editor

Harold Simmons is Senior Associate Editor at Media Rostra.

Harold graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Communication. While at the University of Arkansas he pursued playing professional basketball, but unsuccessfully sought to pattern his basketball game after Nick Van Exel. Harold lost his eligibility as an amateur athlete when he won the three point shooting contest at a Midnight Madness Event for the Razorbacks and in a Bobby Fischer type move, promptly walked away from a potential NBA career--although he is considering declaring for the 2013 draft. As his life journey has unfolded he has picked up a couple of graduate degrees in Theology & Organizational Leadership . He currently serves as the Global Director of Strategy for a manufacturing company where he combines his interests in technology and environmental sustainability.