"So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home
in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith,
not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage,
and we would rather be away from the body
and at home with the Lord."
- 2 Corinthians 5:5-6
At this time of the year it is impossible to miss the changing of seasons, the excitement of upcoming holidays, and that there is an election less than 2 weeks away.There are leaves changing, new decorations being carefully placed, and political signs peppering lawns.
I am grateful to live in a country that values the freedom of religion, but I am also intrigued by people who believe that they can have politics completely separate from their faith. Politics are a part of every other aspect of our lives. They dictate the resources that are available to us, the rules we agree upon as a society, and much of our public atmosphere.
As Christians, our faith dictates how we live the rest of our lives. We are called to allow our faith to influence our actions as we represent Christ in the world. We walk by Faith. We use our faith to create the guardrails we employ in our society.
Being Christian also means we allow for our faith to influence how we interact with politics. It doesn't mean that we all agree on who to vote for or the same policies that we would like to see in place. But it does mean that we engage through the lens of our faith. Seeking to understand how the Holy Spirit is at work around us and how we can assist in bringing about God's grace.
May we enter into this political time with the reminder to be guided by the Holy Spirit in all that we do.