Talking politics can be divisive in social circles, at workplaces, and even around the dining table. Many people run away every time someone brings up politics and others think talking politics means, “Let's fight.”
With the results of the recent federal election, some people are excited, others are disappointed, and some others may even be indifferent. No matter how you are processing the results of the election, I encourage you to remember a biblical command: We are to pray for our nation.
Jeremiah 29:7 says, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
Whether you voted for this party or that party, the bible’s call on us to seek the welfare of our nation and to pray for it remains the same. We ought to work together in serving others in our country and focus on navigating through the immense challenges we face coming out of this global crisis.
Romans 13 exhorts us to “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
If you did not vote for the current government, you may struggle to embrace this teaching. Nonetheless, God is inviting you to trust him and move forward with confidence. God never promised that living obediently to his commands would be easy. He did, however, promise that trusting him would be the best way for us to live.
As Christ followers, we are to count others more significant than ourselves and love sacrificially as our Lord Jesus exemplified. It can be difficult to love like Jesus when we are living among people who think differently and have different values. This is perhaps why politics can be so divisive. However, the beauty of Jesus’ love is that He loved all people; even those who did not think or talk like him. I encourage you to love like Jesus and work together with others in our community to serve God and his people.