The church and politics had a “beautiful” marriage once. They held hands, walked down the aisle & stood by each other through thick & thin. Some churches married the left while others married the right & just when it seemed like things couldn’t go any better turmoil began to ensue.
People began to grow frustrated with the rhetoric created by this marriage & grew tired of the bickering over who was right, who was wrong, & who’s vote was more “Christian”. These people started the believe the message of Jesus was much bigger than red states & blue states, Democrats or Republicans. These people began to realize that it was by their life, more than by their vote, they would impart change. It was in this moment, with these people, that this “beautiful” marriage started to end.
Instead of arguing & debating tirelessly with people that probably wouldn’t change their minds, they began to love their neighbor & serve the world around them sharing the message of Jesus instead of spreading the empty promises of a politician. Instead of talking about what was wrong in society they began to roll up their sleeves & become part of the solution. Instead of simply voting they started doing & more & more people began to realize that the seemingly blissful marriage between the church & politics had come to an end.
It is my prayer that one day, this is what people will say about this generation. A generation that finally understood that the Gospel of Christ could not, should not & would not be contained to a voting booth or political party. I believe this generation will BE the change instead of simply voting for it.
I will vote today, as should you, but I will not place my hope or faith in our political system nor will I marry my church to either party. I will be passionate about the issues but I will be more passionate about Jesus because He’s the answer & the only person from whom true change can come.
Thoughts to Ponder…