In America this week, we had a national & local election, so all media outlets were fully engaged with debates, advertisements, etc. There are plenty of folk who prefer less campaigning & not just a few of us are weary of the deceptions & hostile conflict that politics has become. As a follower off Jesus & His teachings, there are a few takeaways to maintain regardless of your political affiliations / preferences.
Be compassionate – Jesus was helpful, kind, forgiving, healing & generous to marginalized people
Be prayerful – Jesus taught His disciples to pray, a constructive habit we would be wise to cultivate
Be loving – Jesus said that His followers would be recognized by their love for each other.
I’ve been watching the political situation in America & clearly there are some conflicting opinions, beliefs & methods. It seems that our our country is sharply divided & there’s more than enough hostility in this election year.
As a follower of Jesus, it’s disappointing to see so many believers put such faith & focus on politics.
From my perspective, there are some important axioms to keep in mind for each of us who desire to follow Jesus:
Politics has never changed the human heart – at its best, it’s a bandaid for the sinful human condition
Let’s be sure our behavior & words match our faith in Jesus otherwise we run the risk of becoming hypocrites
Pray – 1Tim 2:1-3 tells us to pray for those who are in authority. Let’s pray more than we worry or complain
Election seasons don’t exempt us from being faith-filled & faithful to Christ 🙂