Some Thoughts on Elections
In Matthew Chapter 4 Jesus says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” IS at hand, not will be at hand. So are you living in the kingdom? Are you so obviously different (loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled) that people are drawn to follow the king you follow?
In 1 Corinthians 1:10ff it says: I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” … From what you say and where your energy is invested would most people conclude you follow Christ or would it be Obama or Clinton or Trump? Are your secular political concerns weakening your witness?
The only election that truly matters is our election as children of God. The person we should be devoted to from our hearts is Jesus. Our manner of life and speech should be so loving and joy-filled that our lives would draw others to the king of kings. If our heart is pure and undivided and committed to Jesus then what the prophet Micah says will follow, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
That’s how we’ll live. The kingdom of heaven IS at hand! Unless of course, you are making some earthly “king” more important than Jesus. Then you’re still in darkness.
Father Jim Fosdick SSC
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