Voting

Theology2I live in the U.S. in the State of California and I voted this morning.

Did my Christian world view influence the way I voted? Sure. How could it not. I’m also a 65-year-old woman. That also influenced the way I voted. So did the sum total of my life experience.

So now I await the results, along with the residents of this state, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota. The final primary is next week when the District of Columbia votes.

 

Of course, these are only the primaries. The general election date is November 8th.

And every presidential election year I pray. I began praying back in April last year.

“This prayer is also for all the believers who will follow [these disciples] and hear them speak. Father, may they all be one as You are in Me and I am in You; may they be in Us, for by this unity the world will believe that You sent Me.

“All the glory You have given to Me, I pass on to them. May that glory unify them and make them one as We are one,  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23)

Why do we allow The Enemy to throw us into disunion over anger or litmus tests?

How many give The Enemy a foothold by ranting on Facebook, “liking” or retweeting a negative comment, telling or passing along a sarcastic political joke, or refusing or forgetting to pray for those in office?

How many choose to protest with fists and angry words? Applaud the arrogant and proud rather than humble and courteous? How many prefer those who can shout the loudest rather than those who listen and work for peace and unity? (Matthew 5:3-9)

How many, if the person you vote for is not elected, are already determined to pass along your anger to others, to become bitter and cynical, to refuse any attempt at peacemaking or unity?

“You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.” (Matthew 5:21-22 The Message)

Why is unity so difficult for those of us who call ourselves Christians? Why do we make life difficult for each other, disown each other and tell each other we’re going to hell if we disagree doctrinallyTheology3 with each other? Do you know how many different theological doctrines exist? The images shown are from the table of contents from only one book* – 323 pages of seventeen different doctrines and 2-4 different sides of each of those doctrines. Doctrine is merely man-made and though it may be based on Scripture, it is still widely interpreted.

Jesus did not pray for us to be one with doctrine. He prayed for us to be one with Him and with the Father.

The Holy Spirit is in us in order to accomplish this oneness. If we ignore the Spirit of God and instead worship doctrine or agendas or a person running for office, aren’t we guilty of idolatry? Haven’t we walked away from our First Love? If we have, we must turn back, and remember what the Gospel is truly about. (Revelation 2:4-5)

Dear Lord,

May You hear again this faithful refrain of the words Jesus prayed: may we be as one as You and Your Son and the Spirit are as one; may we all be as one in You as You are in us. In that oneness, may be treat each other with love, grace and dignity, and in that unity show the world who You are in us.

May we remember this today and every day throughout the rest of this year. May we pray for all our leaders, whoever they are, that they would seek to lead justly and compassionately, and that they would seek to be peacemakers and unifiers. Amen

 

*Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology by Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy, © 2009, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, MI

5 thoughts on “Voting

  1. Sis, the liking and the ability to be “sucked in” to issues on Facebook was one of the reasons I closed my personal account when I took my break. I also took a break from the news for the most part, not because I don’t think it important to be aware of goings on in the world, but because I found my focus being drawn away from the Lord (my pain had a big hand in that) and I needed the time to get my focus back on Christ Jesus and away from what appears to be going on in the world.

    I am with you as I always pray before an election, way in advance but I also pray with the understanding that whether my choice is picked or not, it is our Heavenly Father who establishes and takes down leaders for the accomplishment of His will. I look at my choice as a STAND for what is either morally right or how I believe concerning righteousness.

    I did learn a long time ago not to rely on the governments of this world to make things better for me and I truly believe our Lord through His Spirit is calling His church because just as in the time that Jesus walked this world and the state of it then, so are we back to that again, just before He comes back a second time. He is calling His Bride to stay vigilant and strong. To STAND against the enemy, but the fight is His in the Spirit.

    The Lord has been faithful as He always is and has reawakened my focus and even opened up in just more than an intellectual way, things I had known, but hadn’t allowed to sink into my spirit. I needed these last couple of months and now my perspective has be quickened again by His Holy Spirit and I stand at the ready to fight the spiritual wickedness in the “heavenly places,” rather than wanting to take it out on the “flesh and blood” creation that our Heavenly Father loves and gave Jesus for!

    As to Facebook, trying to find a way to do a Group without the personal, so that I can keep the ministry expanding and allowing other Brothers and Sisters to expound on edification rather than all the negative. That way I can keep away from those things that the enemy “plants” to trap us into fear, or hate or just the base things in the world!

    I love you for this post, Sis. Whether it is listened too, counted or recognized at least our stand can be given. After all, when the Lord calls each one of us to do in service and work for others, He never guaranteed the outcome, He explicitly states that He gives the increase, we are just to obey!!!

    Love you Sister Susan, God bless and big hugs out California way!!

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    • Thank you so much, Roland. There simply is too much clobbering going on between us. And you’re right – we easily forget it is not each other we should be fighting, but our common enemy who is not flesh and blood. and to do that, we must stand together.

      Thank you for your continual prayer, my sweet brother – and I’ll take those hugs! ❤

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  2. Amen and amen. This is why Jesus warned us against the “leaven” of religion (Pharisees) and politics (Herod). Both spirits are divisive and toxic to love.

    I’m praying with you this season.

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