The election cycle is upon us. Pundits and partisans are powering up for another opportunity to seize the political football. 50% of self-identified Christians vote, some quite loudly, with a sense that this is the chance to “make a difference in the culture” by getting the right people in places of power.
Before the negative ads start flying, and we’re inundated with waves of questionable information from every side, can I get a moment of your time?
You might be wondering who I am and what my agenda is in the whole political conversation. Fair question.
I’m one of you. Have been all my life. Dad was a pastor. I went to church schools through high school. Prayer meetings, Vacation Bible School, church socials, revival meetings—the whole deal. I’ve been a pastor now for just about twenty years.
I’m also a life-long American, profoundly grateful for the lottery I won by being born here. I’m thankful for a society that values freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion. I believe in the promise of America. I also think we need to do a much better job ensuring this promise is available to everyone, regardless of their speech, association or religion (or lack thereof.)
I love Jesus; I love the church. I think our voice in culture matters. So, take my words gently, as words from a friend. As the political season gets rolling, I’d like you to consider three things. If we get these things wrong, we compromise our influence in society, and (I think) miss where Jesus was leading us.