Third party people

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Reading your excellent comments this morning has given me an idea: Let’s hold our own election and vote the kingdom of God into our hearts and minds, our relationships, our jobs, our homes, our hopes and dreams, and our consciences.  Let’s vote the kingdom agenda from start to finish. Let’s love what God loves and value what God values — even hate what God hates, which is spelled out pretty clearly in Proverbs: “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Let’s be third party people — the kingdom of God party — and vote the kingdom of God ticket across the board: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, because against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). No Supreme Court can overrule any of this.

We won’t even need candidates because we have Jesus. He’s already President, King of Kings, Wonderful, Counselor, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace and His term is eternal. So that when we “elect” Him, we are not putting Him anywhere He already isn’t, we are merely acknowledging in our lives what has been true all along: He is Lord of Lords and He has the right to my life.

When we go to the polls, let’s vote the kingdom, and if you can’t find it on the ballot (and you won’t), vote the closest thing. (Note: It won’t be close at all, but at least it will give you something to judge by. The kingdoms of this world will never be the kingdom of God until Christ returns.)

I think we’ll give Suzan the last word today: “This recent series of Catches reinvigorates and encourages me. Despite my frustration and occasional cynicism and fear about both the state of politics/governing and the state of the church in the U.S. today, I believe God is up to something. It’s pretty hard to miss our brokenness. It’s like he’s shining a great big spotlight on our Pharisaical ways challenging us to see truth. I am hoping and trusting in the Lord that through this craziness we are compelled to make appropriate course corrections. Getting the planks out of our eyes can be painful and difficult, but worth the cost!” (Did you get that? While the parties will be trying to name their planks, we’ll be getting rid of ours!)

Amen, Suzan. Vote the kingdom.

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7 Responses to Third party people

  1. Suzan says:

    Wow! I wasn’t expecting to see my comment in a Catch. I’m humbled by the very idea. Thanks, John, for reminding me that each of our voices matter, even when we’re doubtful of their greater value. We all need to keep speaking the Gospel of Welcome. Thank you for your ministry!

    • Mark Seguin says:

      Amen to both today’s Catch and Suzan’s comment from yesterday and today too – I understand about being humbled when Pastor John either gets and idea from you, or uses a comment – Pretty cool too, eh..? 🙂

      • Suzan says:

        It is pretty cool, Mark…and a little frightening. My ego does a little leap and I immediately start thinking it’s about me – MY great wisdom so worthy of such attention, or MY great lack of wisdom so unworthy of such attention. Thank God, even our fickle egos can be used by Him!

      • jwfisch says:

        Truth belongs to God. We are vessels of it, no more. Servants of the most high God.

  2. KaT H. says:

    You sound like you have a cold, John 😉 I hope you feel better soon! Thank you for this wonderful message!

  3. Excellent! No law can stand up against the fruits of the Spirit!

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