We are in a season in America where the political temperature is on the rise. I have listened to and read a variety of commentaries on the presidential candidates from a host of Christian leaders. As I have listened, observed and heard the comments, I was feeling the urge to share my view on the topic. I felt like my opinion was valid and that it had a different spin than what I was hearing from other believers.
Before moving forward, I felt the need to journal with God about my message. I was expecting God’s encouragement to make my voice known and to boldly declare what I felt was right. Instead, to my surprise and initial disappointment, the Lord impressed these words upon my heart: “Pierre you can either be a voice that unites or a voice that divides. Which will you be?”
Don’t you just love it when the Lord ruins your plans?
After considering these words, I became refocused on the Lord’s greater agenda and burden as well as my own calling. The Lord is longing to see his people from every denomination, race, generation, political background and economic status to be united. It is his burden. It his heart cry. In case you haven’t noticed, it is also the one thing the Church, capital C, is greatly lacking in our nation.
Listen to the prayer of Jesus at the end of his life:
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23)
It is the heart of Jesus to see his people stand united as one. God is not hopeful for just semi-unity, but “complete unity”. And let me just say, the unity God is longing for is not going to be found by rallying behind one political party or particular candidate. I personally know one or more believer(s) who support each of the different presidential candidates. So I don’t expect there to be unity among believers when it comes to our political viewpoints. The unity God is looking for will only be found in and through the person of Jesus Christ. Moreover, God has a greater burden for the Body of Christ to be united around His Son than He does for any political figure or party to be triumphant.
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” (Joshua 5:13-14)
It is time for the people of God, especially those in spiritual leadership, to ask the Lord for HIS message before giving theirs. The Lord’s challenge to me was simple, “will you be a voice that unites or a voice that causes greater division“? So, in the interest of the greater purpose of God’s church, his kingdom and his agenda, I will choose to swallow my political opinion (and pride) recognizing that my voice would only cause greater division, not unity in the Church.
Brothers and sisters, Satan the supreme divider of man, would love nothing more than for our political interests to become yet another means by which the Body of Christ is splintered. (Mark 3:25) It is time for God’s people to unite behind the one cause we can all support, our common faith in Jesus Christ. How would things change if the Church became fully united behind the person of Jesus Christ?
(See also: Luke 11:17, John 13:35, Romans 14:15, Ephesians 4:29-32, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, 2 Timothy 2:24)