Today's meditation from Forward Day by Day dovetails very nicely with my reflections on politicizing the Church.
Ephesians 6:10-20. Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.
Jesus never promised the life of discipleship would be easy. He repeatedly warned those who would follow him that his way, his truth, his life would incur the wrath of the way, truth, and life of the world. By "world" he did not mean God's creation, but rather the ways of a fallen humanity. The ways of the world are many and varied, but they are all expressions of idolatry. The ways of the world always seek to put something, or someone, in the place of God: money, power, prestige, possessions, nation, self, even religion.
As Christians we are called to follow the way of Jesus, which is the way of the cross. The way of the cross is not about the causes or issues I choose to support, worthy as they may be. It is about following Jesus no matter what. It is about living a sacrificial life of love, compassion, healing, truth-telling, and devotion to God and God's will for all creation. It will take strength, and only the strength that comes from the Lord will suffice.