Beloved Friends in Christ,
At least half our nation was going to be anxious no matter what the outcome of this presidential election. So today there are many anxious people. Gift of Grace is located in a “blue” state and we are located in the the bluest part of this blue state, so there is no doubt many of you who are anxious. I am myself. It is understandable.
Keep this firmly in mind: the church of Jesus Christ is not a red church or a blue church or a green church or democrat church or a republican church or an American church. Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). This is not a stupid Christian platitude. This is not the Christian way of saying “its all good’ or “it doesn’t really matter”. This does NOT mean we disengage from worldly politics. We are absolutely called by God to engage with this world, in every messy, ambiguous facet of it. But, we engage for the sake of others not for our own sake.
Our mission as individual Christians and as a church is to bear witness to Christ regardless of the political climate (2 Timothy 4:2). We do not do this to be right. We do not do it to stay our of harm’s way or keep our heads down. We do it in obedience to the God of love and justice Who sides with the vulnerable. The landscape changes but our concern for justice, in power and race relationships, remains equally urgent.
We cannot manage the world but, we can learn to manage ourselves. Self management is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23). Each of us can and must engage our neighbors (especially our Christian sisters and brothers) thoughtfully, truthfully and lovingly rather than from a place of anxious reaction (even if one feels anxious). It is our job to keep the main thing the main thing for the sake of the world. We are not confused about the main thing; it is Jesus Christ, our Savior, who died for the justification of the ungodly and who reconciles all creation to God. Our allegiance is to him alone. That’s what we mean when we say our citizenship is in heaven.
Peace and power to you from Christ,
Pastor Jami Fecher