WOW...are you caught up in all the March Madness? And I'm not referring to NCAA basketball.
I'm referring to all the political madness we have witnessed in March...and February...and....you get the picture. While I have no desire to inflame you one way or the other about politics, as your pastor I feel obligated from time to time to present a theological perspective on our duty as citizens of America...and citizens, more importantly, of Heaven.
If our little embassy of God's Kingdom at MHC is like many others across our land, people shows signs of being infected with March Madness. While basketball upsets are common these days, we in Christ's church are not called to be upset with our neighbors or fellow believers. So, in the Spirit of peace and thoughtful reflection, may I urge us to be charitable with those who may view the upcoming election a bit differently than we do? May we remember that while we have a duty to vote as citizens, our true citizenship is not of this world, and we are to lay down our lives (which includes our mouths and keyboards) for our friends and "Love our enemies" with Gospel truth and grace?
In that Spirit, I offer a thoughtful article from Christianity Today...I will reference it briefly, Lord willing, in tomorrow's sermon. Please do not take it as a personal rejection or endorsement of any candidate. I have chosen in my role as a pastor NOT to publicly endorse any candidate or party. Yes, I used to teach American Government and majored in it in college with the youthful aspiration to complete my military service and run for Congress back in North Carolina...but then God. God changed my heart, my "wants", and called me to lay down my life for the God-centered Gospel...to spread a passion for Him, not man-centered politics. So while I will vote and cast my ballot as I always do for the person I believe will best lead our country with moral clarity and personal integrity (as well as Constitutional integrity), as your pastor, I say vote your Spirit-led personal convictions. (You may want to come back and re-read that sentence AFTER you read this article below!)
As our church covenant declares, "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen."
Enjoy this thoughtful article and reflect on what being an "Evangelical" Christian means today:
Grace and Peace in Christ together!
Looking forward to worshipping the Lord Jesus tomorrow with you on Palm Sunday,
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:3-8 ESV)