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 🙂
Last night, the Republican Party held a national debate. We heard many ideas and opinions about what the Presidential leadership for the US could look like from several candidates. Some of the ideas expressed last night were thought provoking and some of the ideas felt naive at best. Whatever you political beliefs or hopes are, let’s keep in mind a few important essentials:
prayer: 1 Tim 2:1-4 says that we should pray for our leaders; let’s make sure that we endeavor to pray for our government and it’s leaders more than we complain or worry about this topic
focus: Prov 21:1 says that the heart of a king is in God’s hands, so let’s trust that ultimately, God is sovereign
peacable living: in Rom 12:18, Paul tells us to live at peace with each other, as much as possible; with the upcoming elections, it could be very easy to be offensive or be offended by the various political positions across our nation; let’s be respectful and prayerful
love well: Jesus tells us in John 13:35 that people will recognize we are His followers by our love for one another, so let’s be committed to love well 🙂