Election Day Aftermath
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."-Ephesians 4:2-6 Tuesday November 8, 2016 took center stage as America took to the polls to choose the next President of The United States. Our country was divided. Our churches were divided. I understand the country being divided. I do not understand the church being divided.
The opportunity is most certainly there because of the diversity that exists in healthy churches. Our church is a wonderful blend of age, color, and life. There are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and everything else under the sun. Each for their own reasons, and to them, important and devoted reasons. This fierce loyalty sided them with a candidate that gave them hope. Not every candidate wins. With every state announcing their results, social media began to reflect the divide amongst believers. Awful attacks and rebuttals grew more intense as the night went on. My heart ached as brothers and sisters had little mercy for one another. All I could wonder was, "what does the lost world think when they see these posts?" Maybe the better question would be, "what if they saw us behaving like we are supposed to?"
Completely Humble: To see yourself as God sees you. As the Holman New Testament Commentary says, "God sees you with infinite and inherent value but with no more value than anyone else." God is our authority. We are not in charge. As we submit to His authority we love God by loving and serving others.
Completely Gentle: Power under control. This is the meekness that God's Word is speaking of. You have the power to retaliate. You have a cause to retaliate. However; you choose to be under control for the sake of unity in the body.
Completely Patient: The patient enduring of pain or unhappiness. This is spiritual toughness. The ability to take it on the chin for the greater good. Believers are people. They will make mistakes. They will wound you. Complete patience means that we love them enough to withhold a damaging response.
Completely Bearing: The commitment of my will to benefit another. Being willing to put up with something or someone in the spirit of God's love.
Make Every Effort: This is the idea of exhausting every means necessary to accomplish something.
As a believer; I am to do all that I possibly can to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. This is in every area of my life, including politics.
I believe that the world is watching us. Many of them are lost and looking for the hope we have in Jesus. Many of them have been wounded by believers or the church and are looking for ammunition. But what if we loved each other? Jesus said that the world would know us by our love. Not our quick sarcastic humor, not our clever comebacks, and certainly not the best memes. When believers fight... it damages us and damages our witness to a world that is watching.
Let us all process our thoughts and feelings about the election. Celebrate. Mourn. Vent. But, let us love one another.
Much Jesus Love,