Four years ago, during the last Presidential election year, I listened as a fly on the wall listens to a local pastor as he walked into a Caribou Coffee and sat down with two ladies for about thirty minutes. He did most of the talking, dominating the conversation, while lecturing these two ladies on his particular political views.
After he left, one of the ladies remarked to the other, “Is that all your pastor can talk about?”
I felt like God was using that as a teaching illustration for me. It is a lesson I am still learning. Any ways, if I have thirty minutes to spend talking with people, I want to talk about what will draw them closer to God, what will help them live the life God created them to live. However important politics seems to us, talking about politics will not do that.
I write this because I fear that too many Christians have become puppets of their political views, making their favorite politicians and news pundits out to be a ventriloquist who speak their mind through us. It happens every year, especially during an election year.
We need to remind ourselves. Whatever happens in the world, in the United States, etc… Jesus is Lord! God is still victoriously reigning through Jesus Christ, bringing about new creation through his redemptive mission. That is our hope. That is the promise we live for. That is the only reality that brings change, offering justice and righteousness to a famished world. That is what matters.
So I want to talk about what matters. If I have thirty minutes to talk with someone, I want to talk about what matters. Perhaps we can encourage to do the same.