Acknowledging the Elephant in the Room (Minding your politics!)
Updated: Nov 18, 2021
Right now the elephant in the room is so large we can barely fit in the door.
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Rom. 12:18).
Politics is on everyone’s mind right now. It has been so blown out of proportion by media and politicians and it is in our face 24-7. The short answer is the world will not end or continue based on the results of this election. God being sovereign and raising up and bringing down nations and leaders no doubt has a plan. Our part in that plan begins with prayer and not with voting. Voting is a civil liberty that we have been blessed with. Like everything we do and think it has consequences, consequences we seldom have a real knowledge of.
In the days ahead be mindful of the elephant! Be prepared not to jump into an argument but to maintain an awareness of the issues and live peaceably. Help keep the peace which is an indicator of our Christian witness while not ignoring the reality.
Isaiah 40:15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
Our “polis” as Christians is the Kingdom of God. Our allegiance is to the author and creator of history. That in effect becomes a political statement. We do not avoid earthly politics, but we approach from the perspective of serving a higher authority.
What we do as Christians is not to make emotional decisions but to be practical, sober minded and filled with wisdom. Our decisions are rooted in prayer and God’s word and not the wisdom of men. We must know what is involved in any issue, but we are not bound by it.
The media has highjacked our thoughts about the issues. There are many other things that need to be dismantled. Why no outrage over the toxic pervasive pornography that continues to destroy peoples lives? What about things like immigration abuses, improvements in the foster care and adoption systems. There are many things that are up close and personal that we should be addressing beyond what the media I obsessed with. We need to focus on local concerns. Everything is not a national problem or a state problem. If you see something locally that needs attention, then don’t wait take action.
We have become overly serious and dour in our culture. The world does not hang on politics or the media and news reports. Nor will the election of a certain person save our culture or the world. Only Christ can save us from ourselves. So be joyful and laugh a little. Part of our public witness is to live beyond the pessimism of our day and be a light to those around us!!
Acts 5:41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.