As I sit this morning two days after election day, with the race still too close to call, I am struck by the number of people that turned out to vote. In the lead up to the election, and on Tuesday, I saw many, many, people sharing pictures of themselves with their “I voted” sticker. I want to be clear that, it is important for us as disciples to look at the candidates, research what it is they stand for, and vote biblically – not just following a political ideology. I will never tell others how to vote, but there may be occasions when I talk to some of the issues surrounding any given election, be this presidential or otherwise. I will, however, always push you to vote after research and prayer.
Whatever happens in the next few days, it is important that we, as disciples of Christ hold to the truth that what happens in Washington is of far less importance than acknowledging Christ as King and praying for our leaders to subject themselves to him.
Far more important than letting others know that you voted, is letting others know you declare Jesus as Lord, and that your pray in everything as you commit to following him is “I will, and I ask God to help me.”
There are people connected to St. John who wear politics on their sleeve, and others who don’t. There are members that sway both left and right and others who sit somewhere in the middle. But is that what defines you? If you have a social media account, is it filled with political statements, or is it filled with posts which share that your hope is in Christ alone?
How we act, especially in this time, says a lot about not only ourselves but about St. John, and about the Church in general to those who do not yet know Christ.
At St. John our vision is to follow God, share life, and love our neighbor, and we want that for everyone who chooses to associate with us. However, we accept that this is a journey, and there are different steps along the way of belonging (to the community), believing (as you step into covenant relationship with God) and then behaving (in a way which resembles that covenant - becoming more and more like Jesus).
This week in Virtual Church we will be looking at the theme of Hope in Grief, and grief is not only something that we feel when losing a loved one, but it can be related to loss in general. This year has not only been an election year, it has also been heavily impacted by COVID-19. We have all experienced loss to some degree, and thus we are all in a state of grief. However, for us that grief should be expressed differently – because the things we have lost are not where our hope has been placed.
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus' name”
(Cornerstone, Hillsong Worship)
Sing this song if you know it. If you don’t, read the words and reflect on where you truly put your hope. Dig deeper in a bible study on HOPE – some verse that may be helpful are Romans 5:3-5, Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 23, Hebrews 11:1, and Psalm 37:3-7.
Let us, as a group of disciples commit to God, each other and to putting our hope only in the one who saves, and as we do let’s be praying “God help us!”