Let's show America our love.“This is my command that you love one another.” John 15:17
This love Jesus refers to is an agape love that is self-giving and not possessive. If the command of Jesus is to love one another, this should be reflected even in our conversation. It’s time to redeem the conversation! Will you join me?
Redeeming the political conversation through prayer and engagement.
Let’s show America our love for one another by praying for our nation and its leaders and engaging in the political process using respectful, yet honest, language.
“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”
President George Washington
Prayer is powerful. As human beings, we cannot change someone’s heart, but God can.
Why Pray? Jesus prayed. He prayed for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:2 to pray for the governing authorities so that “we may live peaceful and quiet lives.” Prayer is communication with the One who created nations and the One who created each of us. He knows our hearts and is the only One who establishes true change in our government or in us.
Living in a democratic republic, we the people play a unique role in determining what rules and laws we should follow. Essentially, we write the script. If we don’t like something, we can change it.
Why Engage? We the people impact government. In the United States, we play a vital role in establishing the law. Our government exists because of the consent of the governed. We the people write the script for America’s political process and play the lead character in our government. Engaging the political process in accordance with our conscience is our starring role. Romans 13 tells us civil government is to do good, and because it does not bear the sword for nothing, it is to restrain evil. This begs the question, what is good and what is evil? Even if something is deemed good or evil, is it something the government should address? Authentic Jesus-followers come to very different answers to these questions.
Ultimately, if we illustrate to America our love for one another through redeeming the political conversation, we refine our own political ideas and point to the One who is love, Jesus Christ.
Why Redeem? Jesus is love. Because Jesus-followers conclude differently about political issues and the role of government, it is important to discuss why. By having an open discussion in pursuit of truth from a posture of love, light is shed onto the real issues underpinning the political landscape and divisive language loses its power.