Faith & Politics
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen.” - Ephesians 4:29
After 20 months of campaigning, the 2016 election season is finally over. There are winners and losers. There is laughing and weeping. There is rejoicing and commiserating.
Whether your candidate(s) won or lost their race, here are some words of wisdom from John Wesley. In the year 1755, John Wesley shared these instructions with a group of Methodists in Bristol: 1 – Vote, without fee or reward, for the person you judged most worthy. In other words, don’t be bribed and don’t compromise your integrity when you cast your vote. Vote for the person you think will best serve the needs of the people. 2 – Speak no evil of the person you vote against. These may be verbal insults. These may also be messages on Facebook or Twitter. As people of faith, treat the person you voted against as a child of God. Refrain from spreading rumors and insults. 3 – Take care that your spirits are not sharpened against those that voted on the other side. Wesley reminds us not to get bitter against those who vote for the other candidate. This is especially true after a long and bitter election season. So, let's guard our hearts (and minds) from being consumed by bitterness and anger. Let's do nothing that would diminish the humanity of people who voted for someone else.
Friends, whether your candidate(s) won or lost this week, let's be united in our love for God, our love for each another, and our prayers for our nation.
Prayer Lord, it's been a long and bitter election season. Insults and negativity have filled our airwaves, hearts, and minds. Forgive us for our sins against You and against each other. We offer ourselves to be part of Your everyday work of healing our communities, nation, and world. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen. Pastor Caleb