2020 just might go down as one of the most turbulent years in modern history – at least in the United States. To add to it all, our nation is choosing her next President in the midst of what may be the most hostile political environments of our time. The controversy and divisiveness surrounding this election is rampant. However, the controversy and divisiveness is not limited to NPR, CNN, and FOX News. It has hit the body of Christ with a wave of disunity that is ultimately harmful to the message of reconciliation foundational in the Gospel.
So, what do we as members of Lebanon Baptist Church do?
In thanksgiving, rejoice in the religious freedoms that God has allowed us to have in this nation! Pray that, in His kindness, He will allow those freedoms to continue. Pray for our leaders, no matter who is elected. But, don’t just pray for them. As a follower of Jesus, commit to not speaking evil against them.
Pray in regard to the moral issues facing our nation. Among the issues represented by this election, pray specifically for the protection of the unborn, the valuing of all human life, and for the people of God to have a clear, Biblical, and loving voice on the issues of justice.Among the issues represented by this election, pray specifically for the protection of the unborn, the valuing of all human life, and for the people of God to have a clear, Biblical, and loving voice on the issues of justice. Click To Tweet
God has graced us with the opportunity to have a say in our nation’s leadership. It’s an opportunity that many believers have never had, and do not have today. As a citizen of the USA, you not only have the privilege but also the responsibility to exercise that freedom. If you have not done so, do not allow all the controversy surrounding this election to keep you away from the polls. Vote!
In exercising your voting privileges, realize that not all Christians will agree. In fact, there is disagreement within our own congregation. But remember, a person’s vote says nothing about their love for Jesus. Be very careful of legalistically adding to Scripture by judging another believer’s vote in the elections. The potential for disunity by promoting divisive opinions is great, and has no place in the body of Christ!
If you’ve watched any of the presidential debates this year, you may have walked away with a sense of sadness or possibly a sense of homelessness. Have you said to yourself, “What has happened to our nation?” Did you know that as sad as the trajectory of our country may be, it might be the best thing for the Church. Maybe more than ever, we as the people of God are being awakened to what it really means to be “strangers and exiles in this world” (1 Peter 2:11).Maybe more than ever, we as the people of God are being awakened to what it really means to be strangers and exiles in this world (1 Peter 2:11). Click To Tweet
Yes, we are concerned about our nation. Yes, we are concerned about our cities, friends, and neighbors. Yes, we are concerned with issues of liberty and justice for all. But, remember, as followers of Jesus, our identity and security is not rooted in these things.
Each week, when we gather as a church, we do not do so primarily as US citizens, but as citizens of Christ’s Kingdom – ambassadors of the High King of Heaven! Remember that our loyalty, love, and devotion ultimately lies with King Jesus, not the stars and stripes. Our values and priorities go far beyond the Constitution and conservatism. As a church, we must refuse to embrace national politics as the means of seeing change in our world.
At the same time, we must be careful of viewing this election as the beginning of the end of all things. So while we do not take up the arms of militant combativeness and political aggressiveness, we do not seek to run and hide either. As Kingdom citizens living in this world, we exercise our rights and embrace our freedoms. We faithfully live to love and serve our fellow-man. But as both salt and light, we offer to this world a Christian counter-culture by living to honor God as a distinct presence in the world (Matthew 5:13-16).As both salt and light, we offer to this world a Christian counter-culture by living to honor God as a distinct presence in the world. Click To Tweet
In it all, we must always “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus”. We continually “look to a city whose builder and maker is God”. We must remember that “the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly”, but the power for true change in any society is found in the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ!