GOD & PERSONAL POLITICS

October 30, 2016
 

Titus 3:1-2 (NIV) 1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

 

There are 3 groups of people mentioned in these verses:

  1. The “rulers and authorities.”
  2. Persons all around “toward everyone.”
  3. Us, believers. “the people

 

There is plenty of reason expect difficulties and differing views and opinions this election season.

From the Pew Research Center:

  • The U.S. voting-age population (vap) for 2016 is projected to be 225,778,000.
  • This electorate will be the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history.
  • The Hispanic electorate will reach a record high in 2016 with more than 27 million people eligible to vote.
  • In Texas, the vap is projected to be 17,523,904, with just over 5 million Hispanic or Latino voters.
More information can be found at: pewresearch.org and census.gov
 
1. Personal Politics include Practicing Peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV) 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

  1. We are subject to God (“prisoners for the Lord”)
  2. We have a high calling from God.
  3. We are to exercise and express self-control.

 

Ephesians 5.1-2 (The Message Bible – MSG) Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

  1. Keep company with GodLove extravagantly
  2. Study how Christ livedPractice peace.
 
2. Personal Politics include Working for Unity.

Ephesians 4:3-6 (NIV) 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

  1. We are called to keep the unity of the Spirit.
  2. Answer the call!
  3. God is exalted when we work for unity with Him.
 
3. Personal Politics include Showing Respect.

James 3 (NIV) 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

  1. Be careful what you post on social media.
  2. Be careful how you debate your personal politics.
  3. Be careful not to divide the body of Christ.

 

“We cannot give others any reason to identify us a ‘haters’ or ‘bigots.’ The world will not be won by Christians who are shaking their fists at sinners.” Dr. George O. Wood, AG General Superintendent.
 

Conclusion: What should we do? What can we do?

  • Pray for wisdom and direction; for the candidates.
  • Engage by being well-informed; be politically active.
  • Watch our attitudes; live by godly principles.
  • Do good: be known for our compassion and mercy.
  • Keep eternal matters and temporal issues in perspective.
  • Fight the good fight: the Lord is on our side.
  • Praise the Lord: the joy of the Lord is our strength.
 
Let us pray that God have mercy on our Nation and on us.