Well, it’s been a week since the election and once again, the church in America is proving just how completely out of touch it can be. Over the last week, I have received numerous emails and facebook requests saying things like, “1 Million People Against Barack Obama” – “Christians Against Obama” – “We Are Now a Church In Captivity” and so on… Are you kidding me? Do you really think, for one second, that God was not in complete control of this election? Do you not believe God has a plan? Do you honestly think that more people will be won to Christ by the church “standing up against the tyranny of the new administration” ?

As the church, we are called to have an impact in this country and to the ends of the earth. We don’t accomplish this by spending our time and energy criticizing an administration that hasn’t even taken power yet. I’ve been disappointed in the church on many occasions. I’ve been disappointed by its irrelevance. I’ve been disappointed by its inward focus and I’ve been disappointed in its disregard for the lost. But today, I think we’ve come to a new low.

The truth is, you don’t have to support Barack Obama, but you do have to pray for him. You don’t have to like the election results, but you do have to live, serve and minister under them. Our opportunity to “Be the Church” has never been more apparent…but I fear we’ll miss our chance to have an impact because we’re too busy whinning about something we have no power to change.

So church…try this for a change:

Be the source of unity in this country instead of a cause for division.

Pray for our leaders even if you don’t agree with everything they stand for.

Close your mouth, roll up your sleeves and get to work for the Kingdom.

And, most importantly, BE THE CHURCH. In other words, go where Jesus would have gone. Sit with the people Jesus would have sat with. Share Jesus, not from a platform of what “we hate” or what “we’re against”, but from a platform based on the love and grace of Jesus himself.

There…I’ll get off my soapbox now.


4 Responses

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more, Jim. Thanks for posting this!

  2. Speak the truth in love, my friend. Well spoken.

  3. hey man…I will admit that i wasn’t happy with the past election. That isn’t the point of commenting though. It’s how i came to truly trust in God knowing that this was what is, and will be for awhile. Then i was listening to derek webb. He has this beautiful song called “IN God We Trust.” So regardless of political sides that isn’t the point. Pride coexists with politics, love breaks down politics. The truth and the reality is the politics or love, will make you blind or make you see, make you a slave or make you free, but only one does it all, and it’s given up your life for the ones you hate the most, it’s given them your gown when they’ve taken your clothes. Also a song by derek webb..called Politics or love. The church is not made to look like the country club down the block, the Church is the wee lil humble people in it that serve the Kingdom of God, and not the World. Great Post!

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