Having dual citizenships is challenging. Yes, I’m speaking to each of us. There is the natural connection with an earthly entity and the supernatural bond to our eternal home that often creates a tension, especially as we contemplate an election year.
Let me begin with this: As Followers of Christ, our Real Savior sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven, not behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. The role of the President (as well as other elected public offices) is vitally important to our everyday life and the position should be held in high esteem (1Peter 2:13-17). However, Christ is to be paramount in our lives both now and in eternity (1Peter 3:15).
Here at Creekside, we endeavor to have the following attitudes and actions during a political season:
1. We want to encourage each to participate fully in the democratic process by voting and encouraging others to do the same.
2. We do not endorse any candidate as a church. We will not from the pulpit or in teaching situations attempt to politically persuade.
3. We will encourage all to be sensitive toward others. It is likely that we all see these matters of politics a little differently.
4. We will attempt to keep our eyes on what is eternally important: the work of Christ on the Cross and how it changes lives not just for 4 years but 4 ever.
5. Unity in the Body of Christ is more important than any political party, candidate or movement.
6. We must ultimately recognize that no matter who is in the White House or the halls of Congress in 2017, God is still large and in charge!
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.” Colossians 3:12,13