Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Jesus Way

For about the last 4 years (probably longer) I thought Hilary Clinton would be the next President.

My crystal ball is broken.

Of course, I’m not alone. Many folks were mistaken; but I’m thinking of two groups in particular: pollsters and conspiracy theorists.

The vast majority of polls predicted a Hilary win. What went wrong with the polls? I guess we’ll just have to wait for the pollsters to tell us.

And the conspiracies!

First we were told there wouldn’t even be an election—martial law Obama style. Then conspiracy enthusiasts insisted the Republican primaries were rigged. Finally, up to the day of the election, conspiracy theorists claimed the election was being stolen.

Not a word of truth in any of it.

Even so…pollsters and conspiracy theorist are here to stay. (They’re like “prophecy” preachers: No amount of wrongness can put them out of business.)

At any rate, the election is finally behind us (sort of).

So what should Christ-followers do now? Well, we should do now what we should’ve done all along: Follow Jesus.

Numbers don’t lie. Sometimes numbers are filthy liars.

That being said, vote totals demonstrate that America is deeply divided. This has pretty much always been the case. In addition to being deeply divided, the nation is also deeply sinful and hurting. And make no mistake, politics—earthly coercive powers—can never heal us.

But Jesus shows us a different Way.

He alone brings true forgiveness, unity, and healing. As we trust Him and His way in every aspect of our lives, the Holy Spirit renews our minds and transforms us from the inside out. As we individually and corporately experience His grace and abundant life, we are empowered—as His new humanity—to share His love and mercy with others.

In other words, followers of Jesus must lead the way in loving our neighbor as ourselves—Democrat, Republican, and indifferent. We must endeavor to sincerely repair the relationships this vicious election cycle destroyed. (This is why I say the election is behind us “sort of.”)  

Our attitude must be: No matter who you voted for or if you didn’t vote at all, Jesus loves you and so do I. Christ-followers won’t just say it. We’ll live it.

Jesus people will also pray for Donald Trump and all who are and/or will be in authority. We want God to influence them to obtain wisdom and servant-hearts.

Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. (1Timothy 2:1-2)

Peace and quiet. Godliness and dignity. It’s the Jesus Way. Is it yours?

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