The FalloutBy Pastor Brian
How late were you up on election night? How did you feel in the morning?
I’m grieving today. It has nothing to do with the results of our recent election, but everything to do with the fallout from it. I am listening to some followers of Jesus call each other “stupid.” I am listening to others question the salvation of another based on their voting. I’m grieving, not just because we’re not listening to one another, but because we’re not listening to Jesus.
Jesus said: “I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as you love me (John 17:22-23 NLT).”
We don’t have unity because we are seeking glory in the wrong things. Jesus commands us to be IN the world. Voting is good, canvassing is good, debating is good, but we are not to be OF the world (see John 17:14-19). Brothers and sisters, the world is watching you. They want to reduce you into a voting bloc. They want to explain away your faith as a socio-economic function. What are we showing the world? Why are we not showing them Jesus?
We regain glory not by showing solidarity with the disenfranchised, but by showing Jesus’s holy love for the disenfranchised. We regain glory not by exalting our political triumphs, but by exalting Jesus. When we make anything but the Triune God the center of our discussions, we lose glory and, thus, we lose our unity. So often we try to achieve unity via compromise, a lowest common denominator approach. This leaves us weak. Instead, we need to turn our eyes to the Highest Common Denominator. This allows us to have very real differences for a time, but in seeking Jesus from a position of strength in His glory, we achieve unity.
When we begin with Jesus’s glory, we don’t need to defend ourselves to love one another. We rest in the glory God has given us and the glory God has given them. We can then ask questions, we can find common ground, and always we bring it back to Jesus.
“I lift my eyes up to the hills, where does my help come from, my help comes from the LORD, the maker of Heaven and Earth.” – Psalm 121