I have been around for six presidential elections and I must admit this was the first time I experienced anything quite like this past Tuesday! First, there was the buildup. My daughter and son would come home from school daily and talk about potential issues. Now, bear in mind, high school students and below don’t really understand the issues so their conversations revolved around the possibility that one candidate would implant chips in our heads and the other would take away freedoms. I believe they were just trying their best to regurgitate what they heard their parents say, but the fact remains, they were involved. Both of my kids wanted to stay up and watch the results. That is encouraging. Secondly, I believe more young people were interested in voting for president than were interested in voting for American Idol. That is scary because the pop celebrity has shifted to American politics.
But those observations aside, one thing that struck me during this election while trolling the social media sites was the absolute polarization of American people. It was not polarization of democrat and republican, but rather polarization of biblical belief and secular ideals. I truly feel that this election was not so much about who would be president but was more about taking a stand for what you believe in. We could be standing on the brink of something huge. The way I see it, people are being removed from complacency. You either stand on biblical ethics or you approve of moral decay. Three states approved homosexual unions. Two states approved marajuana use. This is definitely change. But those of us who believe in God’s Word as the direction for our lives must stand against such views. But that’s okay, in fact, I think that is exactly where we need to be in regard to our faith and practice. We need to be separated from secular decay and boldly proclaim our biblical worldview. Not at the expense of alienating people but standing our ground in love and with respect.
Here is what Paul told his young friend, Titus. “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:11). You see, we are not to look like this world, and for a while we have. But with this election, rather beyond this election, we are being forced to state and live what we believe. We are called to live by God’s Word, but do so in a way that is neither weak, nor vitriolic. It’s a tall order but we are now in the perfect position to do just that. So let’s understand what’s going on in our lives and filter that through God’s Word, and love others, even the ones we don’t agree with, and let’s take a stand for the Lord.
Luke Harris is the pastor of Crossroads Community Church currently meeting in the cafeteria of Grand Avenue School located at 1415 Grand Avenue. We would love to have you join us this Sunday morning for Sunday School at 9:45 AM and Worship at 10:45 AM. Check out past sermons on the web at www.chickashacrossroads.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. You can also email email@example.com.