With the U.S. presidential election only a few days away Social Media, the News and conversations are being flooded with political ugliness. Because I’m not sure what else to call it – hateful words, finger pointing, harsh judgements and disdain are a regular occurrence across party lines and in reference to both of the presidential candidates.
Regardless of who you’re voting for (and you should be out there voting – here’s our political guide for the Tirzah girl), the words of Apostle Paul from today’s reading in Titus 3 are on point:
“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men…Avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.”
Paul goes on to write about how we used to be and the amazing transformation of one who encounters the grace of Jesus. Because that’s the thing about us Christians – we’re set apart; different; created for a higher purpose. We firmly know that God appoints authorities on this earth (Rom. 13:1; Daniel 2:20-23; Job 12:23-25), that we have been called to pray for our leaders (Jer. 29:7, 1 Tim.2:1-4) and to obey them (Titus 3:1; Rom. 13:1). We are not a passive people whose future and leadership is left to social movements or “those Clinton / Trump followers”. We are a people who have been given a vote, wisdom, and the comfort that our God always wins.
Vote wisely. Speak up, but may our words be full of grace and tinged with salt. May your light shine especially bright in this World currently obsessed with throwing mud and hatred at each other. Don’t engage in useless disagreements that don’t edify.
Above all, remember God is in control of this election and that whoever is elected in a few days, we will keep our peace, obey and continue in what we were called to do: to do good works and glorify our God. Because there is yet so much Kingdom work to do – elections are just a blip on the passage of time, but our calling remains unchanged: take your candle and go light the world.