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Unlike the usual election year, this year’s headlines have not been plagued by every political nuance available and instead has been full of mostly COVID-19 themed titles—until recently. However; that does not change that it is still an election year, and one way or another there will be a vote for the who will serve as President of the United States for the next four years. It seems as though this year seems to be more polarizing than most, maybe that’s because it’s hard to remember the climate of elections 4, 8, 12 years ago—or perhaps it’s because as a culture we have inflated this decision to hinge all matters of life and death on who will be at the helm of the country. If you read through social media posts, comments, read headlines, etc…you’ll know that based on viral speak, who you intend to vote for determines your intelligence, ethics, and morality and sends it all to its most extreme. If you vote one way, you hate this, another way, you have no respect for that, and so on. All of that being fueled by the concern that the next president sets the fate of our nation. Christian, I am here to remind you, that our hope—nor anyone’s hope-- does not lie in our country’s leader.

Quick disclaimer: yes, voting is important. Yes, Christians should educate themselves on political issues. Yes, Christians should be involved in politics. Yes, we should vote for the party that most aligns with our values and biblical worldview. But we do all of this as merely ambassadors who are trying to serve our temporary residence well.

With that being said, here are things we may need to remind ourselves in this season:

  1. People should know more about your view of Jesus Christ, than your political views.
    1. This point was pulled from a recent series we did with our students on Wednesday night. It is a great reminder that we have to be on guard about what we say, how we say it, and what we post. Out of the overflow of our heart the mouth speaks (or fingers type). We communicate what we care about. Our conversations and social media profiles can be a clear heart check about what is important to us. What do people need more, a cutting remark about how you think their view on something is stupid, or a message about where your eternal hope comes from?
  2. Do not let your political mission forsake your Christian mission.
    1. How you vote and what you vote for is important. Campaigning and trying to help people see the other side of an issue is important. Alienating someone from ever speaking to you because of these issues, is counterproductive to the Great Commission. If Paul can be all things to all people for the sake of the Gospel, we as Christians can bite our tongue for the sake of maintaining a conversation that could lead to the Gospel.
  3. Be more concerned about how God will judge your neighbor, than your nation.
    1. Whether or not our side wins in an election has little to do with how God will judge our nation. Our nation is judged by the hearts and actions of the people that make up that nation. And all of our hearts have been plagued with sin. If we want to see change in our country, it does not come from elected leaders, it comes from caring Christians.

We are not voting for hope this year. The only people who should vote in fear of the unknown are those who don’t know Christ. For believers, our hope is secure, our ultimate future is known, and our life is eternal. Therefore, use this season to share your peace and hope with others.

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You can’t get on the internet or in a conversation…a socially distanced conversation I mean…without coming across someone who has strong differences of opinion.  Covid-19 has in many ways added gas to the fire of our differences.  For years we’ve watched as political conservatives or liberals have grown further apart.  For centuries we’ve seen differences related how to treat Black people, with much to do recently on the internet and in our streets about whether it’s ok to say “All Lives Matter” or “Black Lives Matter”.  From the very beginning of COVID-19 in our country people have faced it with a wide range of opinions related to how it should be handled.  Most recently people have taken to arguing over whether to wear a mask or how schools should or should not reopen.  The list goes on and on…many of the differences we had before COVID-19 are still ever present as well.  We’re increasingly becoming a country divided and as each day passes it grows worse. 

Before I go any further, it’s worth noting that this isn’t just the world’s problem.  We could easily narrow this conversation to just being about the church.  The good news is, I’ve found the answer to our differences and division…and it’s not a new answer.  During this season, when things have been difficult, every one of us has been impacted in some way.  Many of us struggle to varying degrees mentally and emotionally due to the challenges we’re facing right now.  The unfortunate side effect of that is it boils over on one another because we so easily become focused on our issues, our opinions, our cause because in our minds…we’re right, we read the right experts and our cause matters most.  Let’s take a moment to remind ourselves…starting with me…what the answer is to our differences.  If you’re hoping I’m going to affirm your opinion, smash all those people with different opinions and stroke your ego…you might should stop reading here…or maybe this is exactly what you need to read because you feel that way.

Funny thing about Scripture is, it doesn’t say much about building up me, myself, and I…but it has a whole lot to say about how we’re to treat “one another”.  It doesn’t bolster my opinion, my view of things, my pride or my selfishness…but it does give a strong and clear command that’s an answer to our division and differences.  Let me be clear that none of what follows is possible apart from a relationship with Christ.  Through Christ we can solve many things by focusing on “one another”.  What would happen if as Christians we began to do these things more than ever before? 

  • love one another (John 13:35 - this command comes 16 times)
  • be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)
  • honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10)
  • live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
  • build up one another (Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • be like minded towards one another (Romans 15:5)
  • accept one another (Romans 15:7)
  • admonish one another (Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16)
  • care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)
  • serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
  • bear one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  • forgive one another (Ephesians 4:2, 32; Colossians 3:13)
  • be patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13)
  • be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  • speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
  • submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 5:5)
  • consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
  • look to the interests of one another (Philippians 2:4)
  • bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)
  • teach one another (Colossians 3:16)
  • comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
  • encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13)
  • stir up one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
  • show hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
  • employ the gifts that God has given us for the benefit of one another (1 Peter 4:10)
  • clothe yourselves with humility towards one another (1 Peter 5:5)
  • pray for one another (James 5:16)
  • confess our faults to one another (James 5:16)

Wow…that’s a lot to take in, but can you imagine if we took that list and each day as we interact with the church and world beyond it we tried to practice the “one another”.  What would happen if the next time you come across that liberal or conservative friend on Facebook that always posts the most recent meme or article that just boils your blood and tempts you to debate…fight…with them on Facebook?  What would happen the next time you’re told to wear a mask or told people don’t have to wear a mask?  What would happen the next time you engage in a conversation where one person believes there is systemic racism and another believes strongly in supporting the police?  What would happen if we truly loved one another? 

There is no easy way around the complexities of the problems our society faces.  How do we deal with a pandemic that hasn’t happened any other time in our lifetime, racism that’s been in our country since the earliest days, a political landscape with 2 extreme and opposing views oftentimes and countless other issues?  I can almost guarantee it’s not going to be solved by your anger, your frustration, your harsh words, your arguments, your pride or selfishness on display.   If I…I mean we…will pause, ask for the Lord’s help, and seek to love one another in the ways listed above, I think we’d have a much better chance at making it through this crazy time in history.

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