Matthew 5:43-45 (a) “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.”
In a little more than a day the 2020 election which has hung heavy around our collective neck will be over. As political scientists and talking heads have posited there is no guarantee that the winner of the presidential race will be known by Nov. 3. Despite this uncertainty, there are some things that will be known. It is appropriate to discuss a few of these known factors.
Whether you are an “R” or “D” or “I”, the chances that you will encounter someone of an opposite political stripe is 100%. Persons of various political affiliations teach and watch over our children in school. Persons of various political affiliations help to stock, shelve, clean and welcome us all into our favorite grocery stores. Persons of various political affiliations serve us our favorite sandwiches and sodas in our “go-to” restaurants.
A person with a “Biden/Harris” T-shirt is moving in next door to a lifelong Republican. A person with a “Trump” hat pulled up to the gas pump beside a person with a “Black Lives Matter” vanity plate. Well, here it is my fellow Christians! These are the opportunities that our training has prepared us for, right? We are no longer practicing. This is not a “tryout.” Our nation DESPERATELY needs Godly examples.
Why us? Well, unbelievers can curse out people who have ideas opposite from them. Unbelievers can share a snide remark or post a disparaging meme on Facebook about people who vote for “Person A.” Unbelievers can hold grudges. Unbelievers can act unseemly. Let’s leave this behavior to unbelievers. Believers have a higher call.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit working in our hearts we can start the move to erase labels and see people as people. We can pray for the neighbor who votes different. We can show kindness to the person in the grocery store who dresses different. We can love the person who worships different.
It is primetime for God’s children to take center stage. No more closed rehearsals. Our nation needs us to walk out the love of God everywhere we go.
Andrae P. Crismon Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro. For more information on his writings please go to andraecrismon.org.