Mark 12: 30-31
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
Politics and Jesus don’t exactly mix, at least not in the world we live in today. Even when Jesus was on this earth, politics and Jesus didn’t really mix. God created government not politics.
In today’s terms, He was an enemy of the state. He was the enemy of the Roman empire. He was a revolutionary and radical in how He would use His authority to change the world. He was sent to the cross for doing what a true revolutionary would: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, sheltering the poor and hanging out with those who didn’t always do the right thing. Jesus dying on the cross launched His revolution.
Politics generally involves two different parties–one red (Republican) and one blue (Democrat) with other labels like conservative, liberal, left-wing, right-wing, etc. The church is made of a blend of the two colors. The color is purple. In Bible times, purple would have been costly to produce and so this color was often associated with or symbolized riches, honor, and royal majesty. So, if Jesus had a political party and color, I would say the color would have to be purple. He is royalty. He paid a costly price to unify us with God. He also wants His church to be unified.
As Christ followers, we should stand out as thoughtful, fair-minded, loving, kind and subject to the sovereign authority of God. As members of the same church that started thousands of years ago, we have the opportunity and mission to make a positive, eternal impact on our world by doing what Jesus taught.
If you and I represent the purple party and are being faithful to the teachings of Jesus, we might find we are too conservative for our liberal friends and too liberal for our conservative friends. The question is: Are we treating the people we don’t agree with politically as Jesus would want you to? There is no red, blue, conservative or liberal, left-wing or right-wing in God’s kingdom. There’s just God and people.
It is possible to disagree with each other and still be kind to each other. We love God and others even when it comes to political differences. There’s not a single person we will ever lay eyes on He doesn’t love. He may not love politics, but He definitely loves all people.
Thought of the day: Can you think of anyone in your life you don’t agree with when it comes to politics and have therefore not treated them as Jesus would have you?
Prayer: God: Our country and government leaders need You. We are a country divided for so many reasons. I pray for wisdom for our leaders and the courage to love those I don’t agree with the way You call me to. My hope is in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.