Ambassadors for Christ

Reflection for Ash Wednesday 2017 by FAN Intern, Connor Bannon

As someone who has never left the United States and has lived most of his life in either the suburbs of Connecticut or the suburbs of Oklahoma, the city of Washington has always mystified me. From the massive monuments to the secret societies, it is a place of intrigue. For me, arriving in Washington for the first time was like arriving in a foreign land where most of the people just happen to speak American English. This sense of being in a foreign land was surely heightened by the fact that much of Washington is, for all intents and purposes, foreign land. Washington is a hub of embassies and consulates. It is one of the few cities in the world where, technically speaking, most every country is within walking distance. It is a land of diplomats and aspiring diplomats, ambassadors and aspiring ambassadors. Yet, for all the excitement of worldly embassies and ambassadors, diplomats and diplomatic license plates, the most important lesson I have learned during my short time in Washington is that I am called to be an ambassador. This, of course, is not a lesson that I had to come to Washington learn. In fact, it is a lesson that I could have mastered simply by paying more attention to the Ash Wednesday readings.

Writing in his Second Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul proclaims “We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us.” This passage is particularly interesting when considered in conjunction with Christ’s teaching that “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” No man, or woman, can serve two kingdoms. In the same way that you cannot be an ambassador for the United States and an ambassador for United Kingdom, you cannot be an ambassador for the Kingdom of God and an ambassador for the kingdom of this world. You cannot be an ambassador for Christ, who is President of Peace, and an ambassador for Trump, who is a president of war, mass deportation, environmental degradation.

During this Lenten Season, let us repent for all of those times we have failed, in what we have done or in what we have left undone, to be ambassadors for Christ. With fasting, weeping, and mourning, let us rend our hearts and return to the LORD, who is President yesterday, today, and forever.

Connor Bannon
FAN Intern 2017


Published in: on March 1, 2017 at 11:38 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Connor, your post is right on and thought provoking! Thanks. MEM

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