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Isaiah 9:6, Ephesians 6:15
And he will be called the Prince of Peace.
And having your feet fitted with the Gospel of Peace.
Jesus is both the “God” (Romans 16:20), and “Prince of Peace” and his Gospel creates the potential for peace in our relationships with God, others, ourselves, and our world. But how do we “do this peace” in a country so culturally and politically polarized?
(1) Realize that we are Jesus’ peace bearers. In Ephesians 2:14 Paul tells us that Jesus “IS our Peace” and as such has broken down the walls of division between God and us and us and others. Anyone can dig in. Anyone can be angry. Anyone can demonize. But Jesus didn’t do any of these things when dealing with us therefore, we must not either. Our identity in Christ is that of peace bearer, not political pundit!
(2) Respond with love, respect, and humility. In I Peter 3:15, the apostle Peter lays out instruction on HOW to deliver and defend the Gospel-
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
Let’s apply the “gentleness and respect” rules whenever we are invited to state our political position. Peace bearers don’t shy away from a good vigorous debate. However, they do know that one “Gets more bees with honey than vinegar” and its far better to be “Hard on issues but soft on people.”
(3) Remember the greater good. Obviously, this is difficult to do during a heated debate on a hot topic but each Christian must remember that s/he is on a personal mission to woo others into the kingdom of the “Prince of Peace.” As American Christian citizens we are called to engage the political process however, we know that there is something WAY more important: winning others to Christ so that they too can experience his peace. That won’t happen if we act as if the next election is ultimate.
So church, let us get out there and vote our consciences as we realize who we are, respond with gentleness and respect towards those with different viewpoints, and remember the greater good, the “Kingdom of God and all of righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).