My thoughts on the election…
Devotional Thought of the Day:
“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 17 In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world.i 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” NAB-RE 1 John 4:16-21
As i worked through my social media accounts last night I grew quite depressed. Friends of mine, including pastors and priests, were commenting about the upcoming presidential elections.
Let me make it clear, I don’t mind people discussing the issues, or the candidates. I think that is beneficial. When the things discussed are not based in fear and anxiety, when they don’t spew hatred towards the candidates and those who support them.
I may never again talk to Mr. Trump, or ever talk to Mrs. Clinton. Yet they still are neighbors, those we, who claim to love and follow Jesus, are called to love and not hate. We are also called to love those who support them, and not insult them, or belittle them. (see Matthew 5:22)
I am not saying this will be easy, we need to be on guard, whether we support or the other. There are many fears, there is much in the lives of those running for office that we cannot approve of, that may even cause us to recoil in disgust, or horror. Yet their sin is no worse than ours, we have no right to stand before God and thank Him for our not being wretched sinners like them, apart from the grace of Christ.
We have to overcome our fears and anxieties, we have to get past the hatred, and there is only one way to do that. To remain in Christ, to dwell in the love of God,. We need to be focused on that which is revealed, the presence of God in which we dwell, safe there, welcome there because of the Cross of Jesus. Because he died, we have been freed us from sin, and Satan, and even the fear of death. Because we are united to that death, we are also united to Him in the resurrection, and nothing can separate us from His love.
Even having to vote.
So look to God, continually think about your Creator, who hasn’t abandoned you, and will not. Rejoice in His presence, and from that place of unsurpassed peace, pray for those running for office, not just president – but all those we elect. Pray for them a lot, and even for yourself, that if you do get the chance to talk to them, you would show them love, the love of God reflected through your very being.
Lord Have Mercy on us, sinners all! AMEN!