Can We All Just Get Along?

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Ugh. Politics. It’s really not my thing. No disrespect to those of you who love it, but I just don’t. So much hate and ugliness. Now that we’re almost to November in a presidential year, the ugliness is ramping up to its peak and I’ve just about had all I can take from both sides of the political fence. It really makes me uncomfortable. Anxious even. It feels like an assault and I’ve been assaulted plenty in my life. Enough already.

Honestly, the way I see it, the ugliness is pointless. Especially from Christians. If we truly believe that God is sovereign it really makes no difference who sits in the oval office. God can achieve his purposes through anybody or anything, whether they are willing participants or not. Remember when he spoke through Balaam’s donkey (Numbers 22:21-39)?  When he used a pagan King Cyrus to rebuild his temple and free the Jews from Babylonian captivity (Isaiah 45; Ezra 1)? When he used a man whose life mission was to persecute Christians to become one of the most important apostles of the Christian faith (Acts 9)?

We should not be placing so much hope and faith in a human being. The Bible tells us that the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and his weakness is greater than man’s strength (1 Corinthians 1:25) and that our faith must not rest in man’s wisdom but God’s power (1 Corinthians 2:5). With this in mind, there is no cause for us to get so passionate about one candidate or the other that we forget about the most important task God has given us — to love one another.

Let’s just put away the ugliness. We don’t need it and it doesn’t show our faith in God to a fallen world — and believe me, they are watching. Let’s show them this instead:

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

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