August 25th, 2023

Luke 6:35-36 CSB – But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High. For he is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Galatians 6:9-10 CSB – Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.

As you all well know, the political landscape is incredibly contentious. Each side has a person that they support, and it seems like if you support person A, then you are required to hate person B, and vice versa. Politics has become black and white with no room for gray, no room for debate, compromise, or even acknowledgment that the other side may have a good idea or two. But what does our God say about this? If you read the above verses, you can see that he’s pretty clear on how we should respond to the “other side”. We are to love them, and work for their betterment, for the good of ALL. Not just those you agree with.

I want to be very clear on my next point. If you are putting your politics above your lord, then you are guilty of sin. When God says “Love your enemies” and you post something on Facebook making fun of the person you don’t agree with, or making fun of their family member’s struggles, or calling them derogatory names, or slandering them, you are sinning. It’s not just lighthearted fun, it’s sin.

Here’s another command:

Romans 13:1-2 CSB – Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.

Another:

1 Peter 2:13-15 CSB – Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor as the supreme authority or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.

If you combine those two sets of commands, you get a very clear directive. Love the people whom God has placed over you and respect them, even if you disagree with them. Love them, help them, and do good to them. They are placed there by God, for his purpose, and for his glory. By submitting to those who are above you, you honor God. Putting another man or woman above Christ, and letting that motivate you to sin towards another human being, is idle worship, which is something that angers God more than just about anything else. Work to honor God by how you treat others, even politicians, and you will be blessed.