Red State Blue State: Political Division and the Bond of Peace

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-12-53-44-pmSatan is clearly doing a masterful job of dividing the church over something as small as a presidential election. The truth is, there were prayerful and thoughtful Christians that voted for Hillary Clinton, there were prayerful and thoughtful Christians who voted for Donald Trump, and there were prayerful and thoughtful Christians that voted third party or wrote in a candidate. As it has been said throughout this election there was no good choice, yet American Christians were still called to think and pray and leverage the stewardship that God gave us, called voting, in the best possible way. If the candidate that you voted for won, you shouldn’t be too happy, and if the candidate that you voted for lost you shouldn’t be too sad. We remain a country in need of repentance and faith, we remain a church with a beautiful and glorious hope in Christ. I think a good passage for Christians to meditate on today and maybe tomorrow is Ephesians 4:1-6:

1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

I understand that it can be fun to belittle people and take shots at people on social media, I understand that it feels good to praise our own moral high groundedness, but does it unite the body of Christ? Today is not a day for condemnation, or for making your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ guilty for the decision they made on Tuesday. Today is not a day for gloating or blaming. Today is a day, like every day, to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

 

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