Love Your Neighbor, No Matter the Party

“Conversations have become monologues with the parties involved interrupting each other.”

This is the very simple reason why I do not like talking about politics. No one listens. It is a place full of people unwilling to lose any ground on their opinion or listen to anyone else. Some want more laws and protection, while others want less laws and more freedom. And if the debaters do manage to compromise with each other, no one ends up satisfied. Because they did not get what they want. It’s nothing but selfishness, and it drives me crazy.

I see nothing wrong with holding onto your integrity while speaking the truth and doing the right thing. But it’s the thought that any one person knows the absolute truth about what is right choice of action for the world that makes me sick. No one can know that because no one possesses that kind of wisdom. Only God does.

Now a good lot of us may be Christians here at Olivet, but since when did that translate into knowing the absolute right thing to do? Being Christian means that you are saved by grace from your sins. That does not mean you suddenly share in God’s wisdom. We can never have that wisdom because we are not God.

That’s the problem that we have always struggled with as humans with a sin nature. We have a twisted sense of right and wrong. Even since that forbidden fruit was eaten in the Garden of Eden, man has struggled to know what is right and what is wrong. And we will never know what truly is right and wrong until we are in God’s presence when all sin has been washed away.

But that still does not answer the question we are faced with today. How do we know what the right thing to do is? How do we know who to vote for? How do we know which laws are good? Well I do not believe that we have to know the answer to every possible scenario. God did not give us that instruction. He had a very different command for us.

Matthew 22:37-39 says, “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” All of Jesus’ teachings came back to these two rules.

Why, as Christians, are we getting sucked into this vacuum of politics? We are supposed to love people. Not bash them. Love people. Because that’s all we can really do.

So then how can we as Christians act when it comes to voting? We must adhere to those commands. The best way to love our neighbors is to vote for someone who will do the most to protect our rights and protect us from potential threats. In addition, while it’s important to think about these things and be concerned about the elections, we have to remember that first commandment. Love God with every part of us. That means we have to be more concerned with what God would have us to do to further his kingdom than worrying about politics.

We should also remember Matthew 6:25-27. ““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

I am not saying we should not think about politics all together. As a matter of fact, we need to be more thinking about it. But worrying too much about it is pointless. Is God not always provided for us when we have trusted in him? So we ought to continue to trust in Him. He will guide our nation to the place where it needs to be.

 

Sam Nichols, Staff Writer

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