Is anyone else as tired as I am of seeing report after report from the press about the evangelical vote? We’ve got politicians courting us, pollsters measuring us, and marketers surveying us. Evangelicals have become a very important bloc in society for various reasons, none of them having anything to do with the gospel. The motivation behind all this press is not to report on how we are influencing our neighborhoods and our world, but how easily we can be manipulated into serving someone else’s purposes and agendas. Do you feel used? Does faith seem to be belittled? “Yes,” and “Yes,” I say, and the more we play into this abuse by basking in the attention, the more the gospel loses.
Elections are by nature combative. In order to put yourself up, you’ve got to put the other guy (or party) down. You have to vilify the opposition. And you can’t compromise or work towards consensus; not when you are all right and they are all wrong.
If there ever was a time for Christians to be kind, full of grace and truth, and open-hearted, it is now. None of these attitudes are popular, especially in 2016. That’s exactly why it’s a good time to focus on similarities with others, not differences. Time to be human. Time to champion the important traits in society that are currently being overlooked. Time to welcome all who are different and support their right to believe what they believe. Religious liberty means freedom for people of all religions and none to worship as they please, not just my religion. Time to come alongside without judgment. Let God be the judge. These are the things we keep emphasizing here at the Catch. Jesus extended the invitation of forgiveness to all, regardless of nationality, social status or religious affiliation. Jesus welcomed all. How can we be any less welcoming and say we follow Christ?
We need to be more concerned with making our lives conform to the ways of the Lord than we are with trying to make a nation conform to it. It never will, because no nation is, or ever will be, the kingdom of God. We are the kingdom of God in whatever nation we dwell.
Don’t be marked; leave a mark.