With all the political hype you would think the presidential election is around the corner but in reality its a year away. Our nation is very divided these days. Harsh words, character assassinations, calling into question one’s patriotism – hateful speech seem to characterize the discussion by both political parties. Tragically this can all creep into the church.
I do my best not to involve politics in the pulpit. This is not to say we don’t speak out on moral issues that involve a Christian worldview – such as abortion or gay marriage. But there are other matters that touch on biblical truth as well, namely immigration and our environment (for another time). My point is I want to thank each of you for not allowing the world’s ugliness and meanness to come into Holt Baptist Church. We can agree to disagree politically – but we must always manifest the fruits of the Spirit in our discussions and not the deeds of the flesh.
When it comes to politics don’t toss aside Christian virtues to win an argument. When you speak to friends or family speak the truth in love. Be kind and gracious – ask “Help me to understand why that means a lot to you?” In other words, practice the counsel of James – be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.
So on this Veteran’s Day let us practice Christian kindness towards those with whom we disagree. And remember, the only eternal kingdom is Christ’s – not America. Don’t misunderstand.
I love this country. I am thankful for it, but my first allegiance is to Jesus and his kingdom. And I pray, even so come, Lord Jesus.