Dear Fellow Christians,
In the midst of disagreements and differences, remember the truth. Remember who and Whose you are. I know it’s election year, I know tensions are high, I know it feels like it’s crucial to take things into our own hands, but that is contrary to the Gospel. When I see posts from professing believers that state things like you just “can’t take anyone seriously for considering _______ for President,” know that you weren’t called to. You were called to be YOU and to feel what you feel, but not be directed by it. God set to a path before you and called you to love the people that you meet along the way. You are in no way called to use the scripture to preach for the sake of politics; you are called to save souls.
I see pages and groups on Facebook that say “Christians for______,” full of vitriol and intolerance against anyone who don’t share their viewpoints, people who argue why you are “not of Christ” or “less of a Christian” if you even dare to consider one candidate over the other, who the “morally correct” choice is, why the fate of the nation is in the hands of the next President, and therefore, us. Fellow Christian, you forget your mission.
Is the fate of the country in the hands of our neighbor and who they vote for? Or is it in the hands of the God of Creation?
Is the Church in danger from who is elected as the next President? Or is there danger from us being disarmed and distracted by the enemy?
Does God call us to sew division, to cut off relationship with those who disagree? Or does He call us to turn the other cheek and love regardless?
Is now the time for contempt and unhearing ears? Or could we use this time to understand the hearts and hurts of our neighbors and move forward TOGETHER in LOVE?
There is NO ONE else in the universe that is exactly like you. No one that loves, laughs, cries or feels the same way as you do. There is no copy or any person, no matter how close of a spouse, sibling or friend, that are exactly the same. Nor do they agree on everything. Jesus’ 12 apostles had many differing opinions but their common ground was their mission. Their mission is our mission, too.
People who vote differently than us are not committing transgressions against us. Our goal here isn’t to change minds, it’s to lead them to the One who can completely transform their hearts, and ours along with it.
Remember the truth is that we are not in control. Remember that there will always be obstacles thrown at us and Election Year is just another one of them, but our mission doesn’t change. Remember the good news and share it with the world.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world!”