What it all boils down to for me

I didn’t watch the presidential debate even though I tweeted #JesusIsMyCandidate until twitter kicked me off. I’m really not interested in whether Mitt Romney or Barack Obama is a smoother talker because smooth talking involves a completely different skill set than having a conscience or a heart. I love people who will vote on each side and I don’t ever want politics to compromise the unity of the body of Christ which is my number one desire. Still I needed to confess that I am completely biased and impractical and irrational when it comes to how I make political decisions. I’m not trying to tell anybody else what they should decide, but I make my decisions based on some kids God gave me to love who are not my flesh and blood. I love my flesh and blood Matthew and Isaiah. The older they get, the more I know that our whole lives together are going to be a blast. And I’m also very proud of how they were forever shaped by the Lopez cousins and their friends in the mostly-Mexican-with-some-Salvadoran-and-Honduran youth group that I led from 2008 to 2010. My not flesh and blood kids held my sons in church. They babysat them. When we visit, they treat them like out of town cousins, because they are cousins. Continue reading

60 Jesus tweets for the presidential debate

Tonight from 9-10:30 pm EST, two men neither of whom are the anti-Christ and both of whom are sinners whom God has used to accomplish varying degrees of good in our world will get on TV and attack one another while millions of Americans watch. While this happens, hundreds and perhaps thousands of Christians will get on twitter and damage their witness to co-workers and friends of different races and political persuasions by writing snide commentaries that bash either of the two candidates. The reason I have made a fool out of myself trying to promote the #JesusIsMyCandidate campaign is to offer a different witness of Christ to people who have been alienated by loudmouth Christians who have not spoken with integrity or represented Christ well. If you have a twitter account, I have made it incredibly easy for you to participate tonight. You can cut and paste any number of the 60 sample tweets below anytime today into a tweet scheduler called twuffer.com (yes, the name is silly) so that you don’t have to post live during the debate. Continue reading

#JesusIsMyCandidate: the rap

I made this piece while we were making Jesus trend around the world last night. Please share it with your friends if you like it. Luke 19:40. Isaiah 6:2. Isaiah 40:3. Joel 2:28.

Song: jesus is my candidate

Lyrics:
Babylon is crumbling,
Social nets are tumbling,
Everyone is stumbling
Past Italian faces that misrepresent a Jewish king
Preachers writing books, getting bling
Who’s in the streets with Dr. King?
Did you only hear the one speech?
He had a lot else to teach
About the way we can each
Be a servant to the least of these
And I’m not trying to hate
Always eaten on a silver plate
Never lived the way that many people live
So I hope you can forgive me
‘Cause I’m willing to learn
Know that nothing I have is a grace that I’ve earned
And that pride is the way that people burn.

Now the fear of the Lord
Is the basis for love
And I’m not saying fear
Of some lightning from above
Because fear means awe
At the beauty of God’s law
Which is way more than rules
Setting boundaries for the fools;
But today our laws have been
Shaped by Charles Darwin
‘Cause we crush the poor
For the sake of the system.
If the world belongs to God,
What does “Thou shalt not steal” mean?
Is it Jean Valjean or George Soros & 5 Keatings?
But now not so fast
Cause we can’t scurry past
The fact that Jesus loved
That woman and her perfume flask
And Zacchaeus and Matthew
Who were both day traders
But they’re sons of David
And they loved their savior
So when the PC patrol heard about
Jesus’ vice: “So you eat with Wall Street?”
Jesus said, “Love mercy not sacrifice.”