I knew as soon as I clicked “Post” that I was going to regret it. And I did.
I posted something political.
What is it about politics in America that brings out the worst in us? Wait. Forget I asked that question. I really don’t want to get a discussion about politics started here too!
(Don’t go looking on my social media to get the scoop. 😉 That’s what the delete button is for.)
In the end, however, something good came out of that post which is actually what I want to share with you. Because of the nature of the article I re-posted and the conflict that ensued, I realized something about myself. Even though I have only the barest shred of hope in the political system for any change in America, I’m still responsible as a Christian to stay engaged.
Maybe that’s been true for you and obvious for you, but I confess that I’ve kind of checked out. Because I KNOW that true change in humanity only comes through Jesus from the inside out, I had given up on politics. For the first time ever, I even considered not participating at all since I’m fed up with the whole process (and the election isn’t even in sight. Weary sigh.).
But after processing the whole social media kerfluffle last week, God really convicted my heart. I know what my assignment is when it’s all said and done. I can’t just check out when I don’t like the direction things are taking; I have to pray.
And I am. Every day.
So my first call to action is to ask you to join me. Will you pray every day through the election with me? Would you pray for God’s hand in the mess? Would you pray that His will would be done in our American election?
Here’s my second challenge and call to action. Will you search scripture with me?
Even though we know there will never be a perfect candidate, we can know for certain that God has lots of things to say about what we look for in a candidate. Ideally, our candidate should be god-fearing and godly, but what if we don’t have that choice? He or she may not even hold the same beliefs as we do, but there are some characteristics of leaders that should be non-negotiable.
They should be wise.
Psalm 2:10 (and all of the book of Proverbs!), “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.”
They should have self-control.
Proverbs 25: 28, “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”
Since they are created in God’s image whether they follow Him or not, they should display many of the fruits of the Spirit. These are the characteristics God values.
Galatians 2:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Their words should be temperate. Words reveal our true hearts.
Matthew 15:18, “ But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”
Note: The scriptures today are linked to BibleGateway which is a great place to do word searches and other Bible study. If you aren’t sure how or where to start searching scripture, BibleGateway is a great place!
This is just a short list of examples, but you can see what I mean. As Christians, we must pray and search scripture for how to vote. If that sounds preachy, I’m sorry. I’m preaching to myself too!
Now… here’s where it gets tricky. I want to invite you to comment about what you see in scripture that needs to inform our voting, BUT here are the ground rules for comments.
- No names of candidates or parties can be included. I will unashamedly delete these.
- All rants, accusations or otherwise disrespectful and derogatory comments will be unashamedly deleted, and since this is my blog, I get to judge. 🙂
- No snarky comments about my obviously terrible attitude about American government are allowed. I know. And God is working on me. Again… delete.
Besides those three things… Go! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say, and I actually love healthy, respectful disagreement/debate.
The free download of the Leader’s Guide for Breaking Up with Perfect is only available through Feb. 6. Week 4 of Teaching Tips for Teachers is below, and the remainder will be embedded in the guide once it’s available for sale. Thanks to all of you who are teaching small groups, and I hope the guide has been a blessing!
Congratulations to Tracey Casciano (1.29.16 3:06 pm) who is the winner of last week’s giveaway! Tracey, I hope you enjoy a little celebration of the power of imperfection.