Celebration No. 1

Today The Old Fool celebrates the end of political campaigns and prays for both winners and losers as the nation begins another governing cycle.

The Old Fool celebrates by remembering that real power to save, transform and revolutionize society is not found in political parties, presidents, or protests but in Jesus.

remembering that a holy wind-like power dwells in ordinary people who continue the mission of Jesus by telling good news to the poor, freeing  captives, giveing  sight to the blind, releaving the oppressed, and proclaiming that the time of God’s grace to all is here, right now. (Luke 4:16-21)

remembering that true freedom is not free, but comes at a cross-like cost.

remembering he has sinned and needs to repent.

remembering that the church is Christion when it crosses all human-made boundaries and borders

remembering that his passions are at their best when placed within the passion of Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)

remembering that he should not conform to the patterns of this world, but should be transformed by allowing his mind to be changed. (Romans 12:2)

remembering that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness.

remembering the body of Christ as the body of Christ, and confessing that partisan politics tends to separate him from others and from God.

                  With apologies to College Mennonite Church and  the Election Day Communion Service    

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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