“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).
When I was a pastor in Texas our church used to send short-term mission teams to Uganda every year with the exception of one year. Uganda was holding a contentious election and the US Department of State had put a travel warning for Uganda for the potential for violence after the elections. I remember thinking then how grateful I was that I lived in a country that did not have to worry about such things…
As I write this the voting polls are closing on the East Coast. Soon, numbers will start coming in. I pray that as you are reading this in the morning that the threat of violence was just that, a threat. I pray that there is a peaceful acceptance of the election results.
No matter how the election results come out, this I know: nothing happening today is catching God by surprise.
- For whatever today holds, God sent Jesus to make all that’s wrong, right
- For whatever today holds, Jesus established the church and sent the church into this world to be God’s agent of hope and light
- For whatever today holds, God is the answer, Jesus is our hope, and the church is God’s agent to establish God’s kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven
The text today expresses God’s heart and will: “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” It is good and pleasant because unity is such an oddity in a world filled such acrimonious and differing opinions. Unity does not mean uniformity. Unity does not mean that all Christ-followers are pro-life, or pro-choice, or democrats, or republicans. For the Christian, the source of our unity does not lie in anyone or anything that is creation-bound. For the Christian, the source of our unity is Jesus Christ. Our commitment to Jesus is what unites us.
- Jesus is greater than any presidential candidate
- Jesus is greater than any political party
- Jesus is greater than any political ideology
- Jesus is greater than any other being or identity that vies for our ultimate devotion
When Jesus has his rightful place on the throne in the lives of his followers, there is unity regardless of who we voted for. It is Jesus who is the hope for our broken world. It is Jesus who can bring healing in our divided world. It is Jesus who can save those who are lost and dying for meaning, purpose, and direction.
Christian, we get to have the privilege and the honor to declare the truth of Jesus Christ to a world who desperately needs what only God can offer through Jesus Christ.
Tell the world. Tell your friends. God’s got this.