Election is right around the corner. You maybe experience a lot of different emotions, from fear to being hopeful. Let us look at Scripture and find 3 things that we can apply in our lives during this time of political uncertainties.
1. Unity without conformity
And to all these virtues add love, which is the perfect bond. (Colossians 3:14)
This election might be the greatest political divide in the history of our country. The division has seeped into the lives of Christians and has brought animosity and hostility between brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world. This must not be so. As Christians, we must transcend this division and practice unity without conformity. We must vote for what we believe aligns closes to the Bible. But if another Christian ends up with a different conclusion, we must continue to show love. Never abandon our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ for a political reason. Justice Scalia and Ginsburg were polar opposite in their political stance, yet they remain united in their friendship. How much more for us as Christians?
2. Deep rooted peace for election outcome
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment. (Romans 13:1-2)
Which party do you think God wants to win this November? The party that wins is the party that God wants to win. They may or may not be the one that reflects the Bible the most. But it is what God decides to establish for the time being. Every government authority in this world has been established by God. Therefore, no matter what happens, whoever wins this November, we can still have peace in our hearts knowing that it is God that established them. Moreover, we must continue to show respect and honor to the president who will win, whether Biden or Trump. We don’t have to agree with their stance but we must show respect due to them. Not because they’ve earned respect but because of our respect for God who has put them there.
3. Passion for politics should never exceed passion for disciple making
Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18-19)
As Christians, there is nothing wrong with being passionate for politics. In fact, it shows that you care for the people around you. Christians need to care about politics. However, our passion for politics should never exceed our passion for making disciples. Politics is fickle. It is tossed here and there by a wave. Yet, the gospel message is an eternal truth that needs to be heard by everyone. By emphasizing the importance of the gospel message does not anyway minimize the importance of politics. There is a reason why Jesus never talked about politics, because it is always secondary to the gospel message.
1. 意見不同的合一 :
在上有權柄的，人人當順服他，因為沒有權柄不是出於 神的。凡掌權的都是 神所命的。所以，抗拒掌權的就是抗拒神的命；抗拒的必自取刑罰。（羅馬書13：1-2）
～ Min. David Or 柯啟洋傳道～