You may have seen this bumper sticker:
“GOD BLESS THE WHOLE WORLD – NO EXCEPTIONS.”
I’m reminded of that when I read the book of Amos…
O children of Israel?” says the LORD.
“Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt,
The Philistines from Caphtor,
And the Syrians from Kir?“
Meaning, however “special,” “elect” and “chosen” our theologies tell us we are, God reminds me that the whole world is loved, and I am part of a much (MUCH) larger plan.
We are all like the people of Ethiopia.
We are being brought up, like the Philistines… Like the Syrians…
I have few formal allegiances. I am loyal to my friends. I am loyal to the people I love. But I am called to love the whole world, so how can I allow loyalty to lead me against anyone at all? ”Christianity” is a label. America is a label. Democracy is a brand.
But Jesus Christ is a way. Love is a movement.
God bless the whole world. No exceptions.