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The Bible Says... “Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law? Jesus declared, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself”.
Just A Dash
This morning while I was praying, I prayed and asked God to allow my candidate to win. Then, I immediately recanted my request and said, “God, scratch that. I want YOU to win. No matter the outcome of this election, may Your name be glorified and Your will be done.”
As Christians, our politics aren’t usually what make our first impressions; nor do we have luxury of our faith being excused in favor of our political stance. Who we are, and more importantly, WHO we represent, have always mattered – often first and foremost.
Christians are no strangers to being persecuted for our beliefs, even in a country that boasts freedom of religion. But that hasn’t stopped us (and by us, I mean ME) from making some harsh judgments about others based on their political affiliation, views, or beliefs. (I know, I know...who am I to judge, right)? But seriously, I’ve really had to re-evaluate my perception of family members, friends, church members, colleagues, peers, and even complete strangers. Now more than ever, (and I’m ONLY speaking about me) a person’s political views have become more indicative of their character than their faith (but again, that’s just me and I'm working on it).
However, I’m having to remember that God isn’t worried about our political affiliation and will judge us not by who we voted for or what polities we favored, but by how we upheld His commandments.
A Pinch More
Once all the votes are in and every ballot has been tallied, and the next President of the United States is announced, there will be both celebration and outrage. No matter what side of the aisle you’re on today, my prayer is that more than any particular candidate, we all seek to be under the leadership of God.
May we all remember that this election, this nation, this world, is not ours, but God’s; and as believers, our allegiance and loyalty should be to God alone.
No matter the outcome of today’s election, may we continue to demonstrate the Love of God to our neighbors. After all, it was God’s love that redeemed us and it’s that same love that will heal this land.