So to start I have to say I strongly dislike politics in general, I believe there’s a lot going on in this broken world that can’t even begin to be solved by them. And a lot of the choices we make within politics perpetrate a certain level of hate within our nation. We get behind issues instead of getting behind and loving people on both sides of the aisle.
And our nation is in a state of upheaval things are clashing and I’m hoping it’s a clash that will eventually lead to positive change. But at this point in time I think it’s only driving us apart.
Instead of coming together as a family of believers who love one another and choose to live in the world but not of the world we are driving people away. Even within a faith based family we judge one another and are so quick to point out the speck in each other’s eyes without taking a step back to look at ourselves to examine wether the choices we make are allowing Jesus to live through us.
And to be real I struggle with this it’s a daily battle with our flesh. Thankfully it’s a battle that in the end Jesus has won. And the problem lies not in that we have different political values or beliefs, (I have close Christian friends who I know are trying their best to walk in the word who fit on both sides of the political spectrum), it’s how we treat each other in the process. Our standards for that should not be set by those of the world where we cast stones before a person can even speak. We need to listen, we need to think.
I think we also need to remember those in America and other free nations of how blessed we are. That we have the ability to worship freely and to speak, so when the time comes do that too. But I also think we need to not live in fear. The government is not the end all be all and while as Christians we are called to respect our government as long as it does not require us to do something that actively goes against the Word of God, the ultimate authority in our lives is the Lord, and through him will come positive change in our nation.
I also want to take a moment here to lift up our brothers and sisters in Christ who are actively being persecuted. It’s easy to forget it’s a reality for many when we don’t see it in our back yard.
I guess to close I want to say God is in control and to take the time to listen to hear everything people are saying and not to vote out of fear.