What a wonderful time to be alive!
This week we celebrated yet another peaceful transfer of power in the US Elections.
Christians are upset on both sides of the political spectrum. One candidate has a track record of displaying their values don’t line up with core values of Christian faith. The other has actual recordings that display that their values don’t line up with core values of the Christian faith. Both make claims to be Christians. So . . . this is confusing right?
This may be one of the greatest blessings that the church in America could possibly have. Because right now we have a great opportunity to show a third way, the way of Jesus.
We have an opportunity to untie ourselves from political power grabbing and focus on proclamation of the gospel through words and deeds.
We have an opportunity to be a prophetic voice to the people in power because we are no longer a voting block that one party can depend on.
The church started out as a marginalized community, they had no political power at all. But they did have the power of God’s Spirit. The church grew and thrived because the trusted in God, not in political power. The Church grew because in the midst of perfection, they put their faith on display.
Brothers and Sisters, let’s do likewise. Let’s put our faith on display.
What does putting our faith on display look like?
- Praying for people – expecting God to work miracles
- Serving people – expecting nothing in return
- Sacrificing for people – because God sacrificed so much for us
- Setting aside our preferences
- Living peaceful quiet lives
- Talking about and celebrating Jesus
- Living with joy in the midst of hardship
- Working hard in our jobs
- Extending grace
- Loving our enemies
- Asking God to be merciful to those who hate him
The world ridicules Christians and many places have rejected our message, because that’s all it is to them, a message. They haven’t actually seen faith on display. Church, we have a great opportunity to show the world that we really believe that God so loved the world that he gave his son, so that whoever believe in Jesus might have eternal life.
Let’s put our faith on display. Let’s stop letting it be theoretical.
Jesus, help us show our faith by our deeds!