Defending a Friend

We are one in the Spirit;

We are one in the Lord;

We are one in the Spirit;

We are one in the Lord.

And we pray that all unity will one day be restored.

And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.

As I’ve been meditating over these thoughts from John about the new commandment this old folk song popped into my head. 

Here’s an image. A positive image from today’s American political scene is as rare as finding an albino ‘possum. But one showed up yesterday.

One US Senator was tasked by his leaders for crafting a piece of legislation with high political visibility. He was supposed to achieve certain policy ends while getting enough stuff thrown in the bill to get support from just enough colleagues to pass it. His old friend had the courage of his convictions to oppose the bill sending it down to sure defeat.

Senator McClain absorbed much vitriolic response from some members of his party who called into question his ethics and character for being that opponent. 

The image? His old friend Lindsey Graham, the Senator stuck with the impossible task of crafting that legislation came to the defense of his friend with whom he disagreed on policy. The report said he was moved to the brink of tears defending McClain.

This meditation has nothing to do with the merits of the legislation. Or with the politics of the two Senators.

Would you, in a very public setting, come to the defense of a friend who was facing such rhetoric?

Would you, in a private setting, when someone “disrespects” a friend come to their defense? To the point of tears?

I seldom agree with the policies of these two men. But I respect them. And I’m moved by their courage and character.

We need more of that in Washington. We need more of that in Sidney, Ohio—or wherever you are.

We start with ourselves. We need the world to see we are Christians by our love.

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