I'd love to write today and say "whew, we survived election day!" but it seems the bickering and insults have increased with each electoral vote being counted.
Typically, I discuss my thoughts with close friends and family, and let the ranting continue throughout the mainstream. After reading so many distasteful comments this morning, I find it difficult to keep my lips clenched. My goal for this post is not to join the ranks of the fighting armies, rather just the opposite.

Over the past few months, I've been contemplating a lot about how I, as a Christ follower, should approach and respond to the election. I think passion is a great thing, but where is the line? When does it go from passion, to disrespect and ultimately to not glorying Christ?

The real question that I keep returning to, the thing that makes me cringe in my chair, scream "noo you didn't just say that!" and restrain my fingers from responding, is this:

Are any of the words that you are saying (that I am saying!), glorying Christ?

Meaning, will people be drawn to the Lord through your status update or the words you speak, or will they be confused that a "Christian" can say such things yet claim to be a Christ follower. The problem is, when we tear down people who vote for candidates or even the candidates themselves, there is no regard for who they are as a person. Everything is overlooked in lieu of an opinion. We are saying that their opinion defines who they are and it gives us the "right" to react.
We've all been there, on both sides: we've been the ones insulting and we have been insulted.

However, as Christians, we are called to something much, MUCH higher.


"Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.  For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.  Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. "
1 Peter 2: 13- 17


"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."
Ephesians 4:26


I hope as the days go on, we as Christians will choose to PRAY for our President rather than tear him down. We will RESPECT him , respect those who support him and those who do not. It's easy to become the "foolish people" rather than simply do good. The world is full of hate and slander, and I hope that each of us will continually choose to take the higher road and live out the peace given to us through Jesus. God is not shaken, surprised, changed or moved by the results of this election, and thus we have no reason to be fearful. We do, however, have EVERY reason to show his goodness.




2 Comments

  1. Wow, Meredith. Impressive! Good perspective

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  2. "Will people be drawn to the Lord through your status update or the words you speak, or will they be confused that a "Christian" can say such things yet claim to be a Christ follower."

    Love this.

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