Midweek Push

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” 
(1 Peter 2:17, NASB)

VOTE TO LOVE

You are not your political party; you are a Christian.

Christian is not a title to alienate you from others; it’s a reminder of whom you represent at ALL times! We represent Christ, yet sometimes we allow our political preferences to fuel our hate toward other believers.

How would you feel if tomorrow you woke up and there were no longer a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Tea, or Libertarian party? How would you feel if there were only one specified gathering where ALL Christians met on the first day of the week? Would you attend if you knew you had to share the same pew as a Democrat or be led in prayer by a Republican? Would you believe that they love and serve the same God as you, or would you feel that you are not to be in fellowship with them because they have different social beliefs?

How is it that on Sunday we can LOVE God but during election season we can hate others? How is that on Sunday our Facebook newsfeeds are filled with scripture, but on the day of a State of the Union Address our Facebook newsfeeds are filled with slander against the same people we call brother and sister? This should not be so. What about praying together for our nation, versus regulating how we should vote in our sermons on Sunday? If we must vote, let’s vote to love our sister even when her party wins an election. Let’s vote to bless God who created us all, versus blaming His creation for the economic downfall.

If we are to submit to a branch of governing power let it be to the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, not to a particular political party or to who’s President at the time (“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one,” 1 John 5:7). Though we are to honor those who rule us, we must remember that no political party is completely righteous; therefore our reverence should be to the only One who is (Psalm 119:137, 145:17, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 2:13-14).

In Christ, we are ONE. There are no distinctions (Galatians 3:26-28). We are ONE blood (Acts 17:26), not Democrat, Independent, or Republican blood. In Christ, we are ONE body, the church. We serve ONE Lord, we follow ONE doctrine, and there is even ONE baptism (Ephesians 4:4-6). We Are ONE.

We shouldn’t let our differences, socially, disrupt who we are spiritually!

We shouldn’t resort to hate because someone votes differently than we do; we all have the freedom to vote as we want, but we should not use our liberty in Christ for evil purposes. Let us Vote to Love! Love our sisters and brothers regardless of if they choose a different party to support. That doesn't matter; what matters is that we love them anyway and show God's goodness through how we treat one another.

If God can love us with all of our disparities, making aliens, strangers, Gentiles, and Jews [and us] all ONE (Ephesians 2:11-22), we can absolutely love one another with our social differences.

It's time to be real about love. Today, we are breaking through hate by loving others regardless of their political stance! Will you join us as we Vote to Love in every season!?


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