I was talking with a friend and fellow sister in Christ a few days ago when our conversation led to the topic of politics. As I knew we were both feeling a little uncomfortable, I decided to lean into the topic. We are on opposite political sides and yet we each listened to each other as we each expressed our views. Since this conversation and after observing social media during the election midterms, it has made me wonder why speaking up about our political beliefs is such a big deal. Watching people who I know and love as well as complete strangers get so passionate about politics on social media does not make sense to me.
I feel that we can look at Faith the same way. I don't know about you, but I've never been persecuted for my faith. I've never had to sacrifice anything to follow Christ. An yet, in every other country BUT America, christians do it every single day. In America, the Christian life is so comfortable. So easy. And even sometimes so trendy. Living in the South and the Bible Belt being a christian woman is sometimes glorified or expected. But how often do we as christians actually share the Gospel with others? If we claim to be followers of Jesus, then spreading His word and love should be our greatest passion. For centuries christians have been giving their lives for the cause of Christ. Going into communities filled with people different than them, loving them, and in result multiplying believers. Imagine an America where christians got as passionate about sharing their Faith as they do about politics. Imagine a country where instead of hating the person different than you, you showed them love.
I admit that I get upset by politics from time to time, too. I am not saying there are not things worth getting upset about in politics. In fact, I think that as christians we have a right to vote and honor God with our political beliefs. But we must stay focused on the bigger picture.
"So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." 2 Corinthians 4:18
It's time for us as christians to get a little more uncomfortable. I will put myself at the top of that list. Remember back to when you first received Christ. Reflect back on that fire and excitement that burned within you. As you cast your vote today, let it remind you that we may have a government here in America, but God rules a Kingdom. One more powerful than any ruler here on Earth. We are, "One Nation, Under God"and God's Kingdom has my vote.