Political Attitude

 
Unless you are Rip Van Winkle you may have heard that we are currently smack dab in the middle of a presidential election cycle and the winner will be revealed in a few short days.
 
As Christians we know that our ultimate politic is to Jesus Christ and his kingdom which he said we are to “Seek first above all things” (Matthew 6:33). That being said, we, secondarily so, are also citizens in the Kingdom of America and as such, are called to be active in our democratic republic by exercising our constitutional right to vote. Although we know that the “Kingdoms of this world” are NOT ultimate, we still need to support candidates whose policy positions resonate with, or are compatible with biblical values. I personally believe this always God’s will for us when it comes to voting.
 
Obviously, the stakes are sky high because the candidates, and the parties they represent, are so deeply contrasted and our nation is so widely polarized over these contrasts.
 
Centuries ago, John Wesley, the father of the Methodist movement, was deeply concerned that his people were being divided over politics much in the same way we are today. He believed they could model for the world and church, a sense of healing and unity even while disagreeing on whom to vote. Thus, on October 6, 1774 he penned three pieces of advice:
 
· To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy.
· To speak no evil of the person they voted against.
· To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.
 
I find the first point pretty easy to adhere to given that it is illegal to take bribes or sell our individual votes in America. Obviously, people were doing that in Wesley’s time. The second and third points are much tougher to live out: not speaking evil or sharpening our spirits (getting our meters in the red, i.e., negative and nasty) against the people that voted for the person that we might not ever vote for. Whoa, this restraint of attitude and discipline of words takes an abundance of Christ-likeness which is all the more reason we need to practice exactly what Wesley preached here.
 
So as you prepare to vote, or await the results of this election, keep these three things uppermost. And remember, regardless of which candidates wins next week we can still keep our sunny side up and our bottoms dry because Jesus is the Lord of the Nations and the future is still bright.
 
Agape,
 
Pj the Polo Pastor
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