This has been an incredibly difficult election season. In fact, recent polls indicate that 82 percent of Americans are disgusted with it.
Sometimes as Christians, we wonder how we can make a difference in a time like this. How do we respond to the vitriol and rhetoric with clear thinking and Christ-like decisions?
1. Remember your dual citizenship.
Our first loyalty is not to America but to our King. Patriotic as we may be, we have an eternal homeland:
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.—Philippians 3:20–21
This is good news for the Christian because it gives us a clear perspective to see the issues through a biblical framework and eternal vantage point.
As a pastor, I’m always aware that there are people in every church in different phases of their spiritual journey. Some are skilled Bible teachers while others are just beginning to learn where the books of the Bible are. Younger Christians have often not yet learned to apply biblical principles to matters of everyday (or every four years) life. Thinking through issues that have been labeled as “political” with scriptural truth in mind can be new to them. Christians shouldn’t be contentious with one another over these issues. We should stand and declare biblical truth but allow for growth in grace. (more…)