In an election season, when it seems like the propaganda, rhetoric, and name calling will not end, what does the gospel say? How does a follower of Jesus respond with grace and fresh hope?
- Our world belongs to God. He sustains it by his grace and power. Therefore, we do not live in fear, but live in hope that he is making all things new. No one election will make or break our country or our world.
- “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10) Yes, we are called to participate in God’s work to make all things new. In an election year, that means participating in the political process. But sometimes we need help in learning how to do that. For a window into respectful dialogue that still deals head on with important issues, read the article, “Vote: Can we talk first?” published in the October issue of The Banner. After you’ve read the article, see the “questions for discussion” below.
- And finally, pray for our world. Yes, Christians are called to pray for every nation under heaven. Pray not in fear or desperation, but in hope and confidence that our world belongs to God.
Questions for Discussion
- Describe a conversation you’ve had with a person who does not share your political point of view. How successful were you at listening and holding their convictions in tension with your own?
- What thought or memory encourages you to participate in this kind of dialogue?
- Why should Christians bother to discuss difficult issues with those who hold different viewpoints? What good does it do?
- What possible effect could Christian dialogue have on our churches, countries, and politics? What effect would it have on your spirit?
- How well did Kate and Edward do in their political conversation? What in the article struck you as particularly helpful or insightful?
- As people who hold dual citizenship (citizens of the kingdom of heaven and citizens of the nation in which we live), what can we always agree on?