A reminder to us all from Greg Gibson, Living Hope Teaching Pastor
The book of Revelation is in our Bible for a reason. In a time of political turmoil, social upheaval, and overwhelming persecution, Jesus meets the Apostle John on the island of Patmos with a message. He reminds the first century church to remain faithful amidst such volatile circumstances. He calls them to bear witness, to remain true to the gospel, whatever the cost. He reveals to the church that He is coming for them, that he has not abandoned them, and that they will soon rule and reign with him forever.
As we approach our own season of political confusion and turmoil, I desperately want us to remember this message. I’ve collected some of the passages in the scriptures that speak to how we, the Church, are to engage one another and the world around us in times like these. These passages show us the immensely high value our Lord places on our witness. We bear witness to our Lord and King in the way that we speak about things and how we address one another – and the world is watching. I pray that these passages will be ever on our minds as we wrestle with whatever may result from our Presidential election. And I pray that we would prioritize the values of the Kingdom of God – unity, peace, grace, and holiness.
Church, let us model an alternative way to speak to and with one another about these matters. Meditate on these passages. When you feel the need to despair, rant, or react, allow the truth of God’s word to direct your heart. Our witness depends on it.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.” Proverbs 15:1-2
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting.’” John 18:36
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” James 1:19
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:1-3