It is noon the day after the election, and we still are unsure as to who will lead our country for the next four years. Pollsters and prognosticators tried to avoid uncertainty; graphs and charts showed us all the various ways people vote and possible outcomes. But people–and the science behind elections–are always approximations, and most of those folks are now humbled.
What can we learn from the election? That whoever wins will only win by a small margin, and that our country is in fact deeply divided. There are no tidal-waves of victories, and both of these candidates for president will have to learn to lead the entire nation, not just a portion of it.
This small margin–and the divide of electoral politics in our county–shows us the value and deeply held conviction of not getting partisan in the pulpit pays off. Christ’s church doesn’t choose sides, it always chooses Christ because He is our sole Lord and Savior to whom we give ALL allegiance.
The question is not whether we will enter the divisive fray–God’s kingdom stands above and against that–but whether Christ will find us faithful to the Gospel call in ministering to all people, even aspiring to bring the Gospel message as a balm of healing to a divided nation.
Our mission isn’t to get one or another politician elected, its to serve as ambassadors for Christ.
In his second letter to churches in Corinth, Paul wrote to a divided community. He claimed over and over that they are united in Christ, and that they were to embody a “ministry of reconciliation.” In 2 Corinthians 5, he wrote,
“For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer to themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view…All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation”
So while people fight, litigate, and use the rhetoric of divisive politics, we rise with Christ to the “heavenly places” to demonstrate the unity of the church, the power of God’s love, and the healing reconciliation of the Good News of Christ’s lordship and salvation.
Choose whom you will serve this day!