The Upcoming Election and Hubbard House Virtual Breakfast
Dear Redeemer Family,
I praise the Lord for his presence in the midst of Dan and Nicole’s wedding! Your prayers for the rain to hold off were answered – the storm missed us and the weather was perfect. I’m attaching a picture so you can see the amazing sunset the Lord created for Dan and Nicole’s first dance.
This Thursday you have an opportunity to attend the Hubbard House virtual Breakfast. There have been two domestic violence (DV) murders in our local news recently. Hubbard House provides emergency shelter to those dealing with DV, allowing them to escape, as well as providing counseling, job training, and giving them the hope they need. I strongly encourage you to register for the event (see the blurb below) so you can attend. Registration is FREE, and it will be live streamed.
In the midst of this very contentious political season, I want to share a letter from the Rector of Trinity Anglican Church in Thomasville, GA. I wish I had written it myself, as it expresses my desires exactly. Please take the time to read, and to reflect on his letter.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Trautman’s Letter:
Dear Trinity family,
The Rev. John Wesley was an Anglican priest and founder of the Methodist movement. On October 6, 1774, he made the following entry in his journal:
“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
Two-hundred and forty-six years later, Wesley’s advice continues to ring true today. There are powerful forces in our world and culture that incite us to speak evil of people made in the image of God and sharpen our spirits against one another. This is especially true in election season. Don’t do it! This is not of the Lord. This is the work of Satan and the forces of evil. We can and should engage in respectful dialogue and conversation about important matters of faith and life, including politics. But when we disagree, we must not allow our hearts and minds to fill with hate for others. I have profound disagreements with some of my closest friends and brothers in Christ. We can disagree and still love and value one another. The world wants us to seek first power in this world and the rightness of my side. But Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
As your pastor, I want to add to John Wesley’s advice with four practical suggestions for how you can seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness over the next month:
Pray more than you post. If you haven’t prayed about it, then you probably aren’t ready to post about it. Let God’s voice be primary in your heart and mind.I strongly encourage you to consider going off social media for the next month, or at least greatly limiting the amount of time you spend on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc). Social media has turned into a cesspool of misinformation, vicious attacks, and a breeding ground for hate. Jesus says, “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off” (Matthew 5:30). If social media is a stumbling block for you, maybe it isn’t worth it for the next month. However, if you decide you must engage in discussion on social media, I would urge you to follow the guidance given by Archbishop Foley Beach.If you have already firmly decided who you will vote for in the upcoming election, consider completely unplugging from the news, debates, and political commentary between now and the election. If your mind is already made up, these sources will only serve to sharpen your spirit against people voting on the other side. It is better to cut it off.Meditate on Scripture daily. As a congregation we will be meditating on Psalm 23 for the month of October. In addition, I want to ask all of us to meditate on Romans 12:9–21. These are key verses for Christians engaging with the world, and I believe they are a word for us today (see below).
I am praying for each of you and for the upcoming election. No matter the outcome, the Kingdom of God is never in danger. We know that one day His kingdom will come on this earth and set all things right. This is our Christian hope. Our greatest allegiance is not to party or person, but to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is not divided. What unites us as Christians is infinitely greater than what divides us. Remember this.