Following Christ and living as a disciple of Jesus in these final days before our nationwide elections is an exciting opportunity. In a sometimes polarized conversation of red and blue, it becomes exhilarating to see us at our best exercising our individual right to vote and expressing our opinion without fear of condemnation or persecution. Simply accepting that we agree to disagree politically and we will prayerfully support, just as the Scriptures command, those who are elected in authority over us. What a great country this is when we live our freedom out as our founders intended!
However, when red and blue become impassioned and then outspoken to the point of crossing the boundary of infringing on another’s freedom, things go down hill fast. History teaches us that political kingdoms and a crossing of the line in a quest for power and control creates highly emotional destructive forces that fracture family relationships and incite violence, abuse, and other behaviors that reveal us at our very worst.
In the Body of Christ, there are not parties or factions, we are one. One baptism, one faith, one confession, one resurrection, we are in Christ. Looks to me as if our best is praying for our country and leaders, our color is purple. That doesn’t mean one has to forsake their preference for red, blue or whomever. It also doesn’t mean that we must forsake the candidate of our choice because of social or religious pressure. It simply means we are working on a higher Kingdom level that calls us to be one, even as our Holy Trinity is one and yet three.
I have asked the good people at Mount Pisgah to get out and vote, to vote their conscience for their candidate, and most of all, to be one as we are purple in prayer. We are devoting an entire week together in prayer and celebrating God’s victory in Christ through Holy Communion here on Monday Nov. 7 as we continue to pray for this great nation and for all who are a part.
How do I know our color as the Body of Christ is purple? 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Be one, be purple in prayer, be the Church!