If I were to vote on a presidential candidate based on their past, I would say toss them both out and start again. They have both been immoral, downright creepy and borderline, if not way over line, focused on self. They both continue to play the role we sadly have come to expect of politicians and are lying continually about things and even in what they say about each other.
But when it comes to judging others, if people were to choose to listen to me as a pastor based on my past, many would turn away and find me unworthy to serve as a minister. Hopefully, they would see however that I am a forgiven child of God, as are they, and that I continually seek to change my ways to be more in line with God’s will.
Are we following God? Are we being the children of God that He has called us to be? Are we forgiving and compassionate toward those of differing mindsets? Are we still sinners? Let’s go back to the basics of how we are to relate to others in this world.
Matthew 7:1“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Are you posting online, saying, or even thinking for that matter evil upon those candidates that you don’t support? Are you passing along the rumors and gossip? If so and you don’t see yourself as a hypocrite in your actions, then you just showed yourself as a hypocrite in your response. Oh, how we abhor the idea of someone calling us a hypocrite, but those are God’s words not mine. Take it up with Him. Politics is not the only place this is an issue, also the back and forth regarding racial tensions has become horrible and is no longer productive in many cases.
Do you remember, God has said that we should treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves? If not, here is a refresher…
Matthew 7:12 “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” And again, Luke 6:31 “As you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
Have you been a part of the name calling and finger pointing, the meme sharing, the attacks on someone that is not your favored candidate? What does the Bible say?
Matthew 5:22 “Whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
“Fool” is pretty light compared to some of the things I’ve heard and read that people say and post about politicians they don’t like or even people who support politicians they do not like. How liable to Hell are you? You will be held accountable for your actions. Do you need to get that cooler of Ice Water, “to go”?
How should we be treating others in these days of divisive politics and racial tensions? Let’s go back to the basics again.
John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Also 1 Peter 4:8 8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
As I’ve said before I say again, speak about the positive things concerning your beliefs, ideals, political candidates or whatever. You make a better argument when you point to the positive things you support and why, rather than when you come across as bitter, mean-spirited and spiteful towards others. Grow up in your faith! And step up as a Christian! That is, if the Spirit of God is within you.
I remember back in a previous congregation I served many years ago where we had a school with students up to 8th grade. I taught the religion (day school confirmation) classes for the 8th grade class. One day there was a child who was acting horrible and saying horrible things to other students. He was wearing a cross necklace and I had him come forward and took him to the hall. I told him to remove the cross and give it to me. After some more of his name calling, now directed at me, reluctantly he removed the necklace and handed it to me. I told him, if he is going to behave like he was, I didn’t want him to wear the cross and make others think that is how Christians behave. I said, when he was ready to apologize to me and the entire class, I would give it back to him. It was about a week later when he humbly approached me and said he was sorry. I told him he now needed to say that to the classroom, which he willingly did. They in unison forgave him aloud. I joyfully took the cross out to the drawer and hung it on his neck. He was showing what it was to be Christian, to live being forgiven and as a fellow child of God.
I’m certain there are many who would not approve of the method I chose to teach him, but I would not change my approach if it were to have happened still today. If you call yourself His child, if you claim to be a Christian, if you wear a cross or religious t-shirt, don’t advertise a faith that you are not living.
With all this, you can also be certain that there is no need to call me out on the mat for this note and not living it faithfully myself. As the old though goes, when you point a finger at someone you are pointing 3 back at yourself. Or as I learned in writing sermons that whatever I say to people in a sermon, I have to have said first to myself.
1 Timothy 1:15 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”
Live the life you claim in calling yourself Christian. Ask for forgiveness and as is said in John 8:11 “go and sin no more.”
Chief of Sinners,