I don't like election season.
Mainly, people are more vocal (or open) about their political affiliation, especially on Social Media.
And then Christians get involved, and the worst offenders are the ones who think you're a Christian only if you vote a certain (read: their) way.
I'm also in the line of belief that one can't be black and white, completely. You can't be Republican on ALL issues and neither can you be Democratic on ALL issues. Or maybe you can. But life is too complex to be black and white.
Besides, politicians (generally) are trying to win votes and follow-through on requests made by their backers. And, as it has been clearly displayed, politicians are willing to lie (or not let fact-checkers get in the way of their campaigns) to get people's votes.
You can't aim to win people's approval AND serve God. A lot of times, those will be the opposites of one another.
This is going to be another busy season of how God is supporting one candidate and not so much the other.
But, the key question should be, “Whose side are we on?” I mean, are we really living to serve God as a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, a non-affiliated citizen? Or are we trying to bend God and scripture to fit our agenda and purpose?
For those candidates who are quick to invoke God and Christ in their campaign (and for everyone else who are Christians), Jesus' mission statement, or “campaign” if you will, went like this:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.
If that was Jesus' mission statement, as followers of Christ, shouldn't it be ours, too?
God loves the people on the other side of the debate just as much as God loves you. Even if you are “right.”