Be a Galatians 5:22-23 Christian

August 25, 2020


Leadership Notes


We have officially entered the crazy season. Both political parties have either had or are in the middle of their conventions. A different feel from conventions past {or so I'm told, as I have never watched them}. Media types and consultants will be churning out profits for the next three months. This is their black Friday.


In an article from The Babylon Bee, both Trump and Biden trail Asteroid 2018 VP1 in the polls. Their polling numbers put Trump and Biden at 1% each, while the asteroid has seen a meteoric rise to 98%! I know what sign I want for my yard. Among its campaign promises, Asteroid 2018 VP1 says it can end all racism, economic problems, and all of our struggles forever.


The Bee articles concludes, "Some have criticized the asteroid, saying it is much too small to make any difference. But many say the asteroid could have a big impact, even if it just squishes Washington, D.C. and leaves the rest of us alone."


For what it's worth, I have come up with a few tips on surviving election season:


-First, avoid judgments on someone's moral or Christian character based

on who they vote for. In the past four years, I've read articles and heard comments along the line of "How could anyone who calls themselves a Christian vote for that person." Sanctimonious observations are neither helpful nor accurate.


-Second, always think about Galatians 5:22-23 before posting anything on social media. Trust me, I know a thing or two about saying the wrong things or saying the right things the wrong way. Social media simply magnifies that. And no, the profundity or insight or righteousness that you think is behind what you have to say is not an excuse to ignore Galatians 5!


-Third, through this election season, our focus here at Covenant Church will continue to be on proclamation of the gospel, edification of the people of God, and serving our community. Those things will help shape our thoughts on what's happening culturally and politically.


-Fourth, be wary of apocalyptic language or impulses during an election cycle. From now until the first Tuesday of November, across the political spectrum, we will hear from both parties and candidates that "This is the most important election in our nation's history." Another slogan is "This election is a battle for the heart and soul of America." Don't believe it. As someone has said, the heart and soul of America can only be found in the heart and soul of the American people. Avoid the apocalyptic posturing, whatever the issue, situation, or reason. Neither Biden nor Trump will usher in the end of the world, just as Bush and Obama didn't in the previous two administrations. The world is not coming to an end.


In closing, here at two randomly selected nuggets of wisdom:


Never confuse a trial with experiencing the consequences of your sin.

- Darrell B. Harrison

I've come to the realization that I do not have political views. I have theological views and they just so happen to cause me to think in very particular ways about issues including politics. If you're a Christian, I would argue that should always be the case…

- Kofi Adu-Boahen

With Much Love and Affection,


Richard

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