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Nov 2, 2022

Tis the season for countless political adds, "Vote for Me" mailers filling mailboxes, and hundreds of candidate yard signs intermingled with Halloween decorations overrunning neighborhood lawns! Yes, this is that moment when we as citizens of the United States of America get to exercise our privilege to vote for the candidates of our choice.

However, as many of you know and experience, there is a divisiveness which seems to be ever growing in our country between political parties. We see it every day through broadcast TV, social media, and conversations we have with our neighbors. It even finds it's way into the church, which naturally raises a couple of questions for the Christian when it comes to politics.

1. How am I to follow Jesus, and remain united with fellow Christians who vote for the other political party? One of the things I love about our church is the political diversity we have--yet, I know that it can be dangerous as well. Even more so, how can we carry out our mission of making disciples in a community that possesses some very strong political ideologies? 

2. How can we better manage the emotional aftermath of a election? This has happened more often then you would realize over the years. When one party or candidate wins, there is elation and joy for some...and for others there is literal fear, anxiety and depression. How can we follow Jesus, and better manage our emotions regarding election outcomes?

Thankfully, as usual, Jesus provides us a way forward. In The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has a whole section on worry. In fact he lists all of the big things people worry about: money, food, clothing and shelter. Then he provides the antidote for worry. Here it is:

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." ~ Matthew 6:33

We all have "kingdoms" we manage. We have our family kingdom, our career kingdom, our property kingdom, the kingdom of our country or government and many more. There is nothing wrong with managing and investing in these kingdoms. In fact, that is why humans were created, to rule and reign as God's image bearers (Genesis 1:28) in this world.

According to Jesus the problems of worry happen when we invest completely in our "kingdoms" and forget that above all, is the Kingdom of God. What Jesus teaches is for his followers to seek first the Kingdom of God and live the life of a Kingdom citizen. When this is done, worry dissipates, and the ability to manage our other kingdoms is provided for.

For many people, maybe even you, this idea of living in God's Kingdom now, is a foreign concept. However, as you read through the Bible it permeates the teachings of Jesus and the apostles as they instruct Christians on how to live as new humans in a world where kingdoms war and worry persists.

If you want to learn more about the Kingdom of God, and how pursuing it helps us overcoming division and worry, make sure and give a listen to part one of, On Earth As It Is In Heaven. Enjoy!