Unpaid Political Announcement
It can be difficult knowing how to navigate both being a disciple of Jesus and having strong political views that puts us at odds with those views of other Christians. How do we have these differences without crowding out your main allegiance to Jesus?
Right now, our nation needs Biblical citizens who understand we have dual citizenship – in the Kingdom of God, and citizens of this great nation! Our country’s founders relied on their Christian beliefs and Biblical worldview to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Government is God’s gift to us.
There are those with ideologies that they believe are absolute and sacred, and these ideologies are often in direct conflict with the person they sit next to in church. Sometimes both groups present their beliefs with a fervor you would think would be reserved for religious matters.
I think this zeal is misplaced and may distract us from the real mission of the church, making disciples of Jesus Christ. Our political stance is inevitable, but they do not have to become our religions. We must put emphasis on Jesus Christ, His teachings, His gospel, His Kingdom and His disciple making mission.
This two-party system cannot work if it is driven by anger and hatred. It just doesn’t. We as Christians believe things, we believe them strongly. We cannot get caught up in the hate. We do not love our neighbor by characterizing him with hateful terms. Is it much easier to do this than pray for them? Do we pray for our leaders, our senators, our congressmen, our mayor, our president? Do we ever pray for these people? Have we given up on the belief that God can turn the hearts of leaders?
Don’t let the darkness of this moment cause us to associate ourselves too closely with things that might compromise our Christian message, your Christian beliefs. Carry gospel hope, and believe in the presence and the power of the Lord Almighty!
Jo Ann Silvi
and Finance Manager