This pastor’s reflection following the election

Being a pastor has meant in some places that I have had to lay down my personal interest in order to be as the Apostle Paul said, “I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.” I still follow politics and have my own opinions, but having pastored and deeply loved people of all political strip my heart has been changed.

I know that some would say that I am wasting my prophetic call by not being more specific and public about politics, and there are moments that I feel that. But beyond what any candidate might be able to do, I find that I need to be prophetic in the way that we let our hearts respond to the circus that our political arena has become.

This has made me have to step back from my own emotions around elections and opened me to the thoughts and feelings of others that I care about. It is a difficult place to be, but one that I have found to be rich.

So today I am in knots. I can rejoice with those who rejoice, and I pray the hope they feel leads America to a better place. But I also find myself grieving with those who grieve and I hear their fear about the potential of an America that scares them. These are only two extremes, but I pray with you all today.

To be clear, I do not believe that my current view of politics makes me better than those who are more one sided in their opinions. But I know that I am better than the man I was when I could only see things from my point of view.

Praise to Jesus, the LORD of all. Come, LORD Jesus, come.

A few more thoughts on the passage I mention above. The Apostle Paul shares that his understand of the freedom we have in Christ is one that we hold in sacred stewardship. While we are free through God’s forgiveness, do we embrace our freedom in such a way that it leads others to life? 1 Corinthians 9:19-23:

“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”