Judge not, partisans
Friday, November 16, 2018
A recent submission in the Public Forum suggested that to follow Jesus, I must vote Republican.
For me it is a life-long struggle and my highest calling to be in the fold of the good shepherd. Nonetheless, I don’t believe that scripture suggests that I can take my stand beneath the cross of Jesus by voting a straight ticket. But I can daily contemplate ways to take a closer walk with a risen savior.
Reflecting on the fruits of the spirit will help me become more discerning, compassionate and willing to see the goodness in people. Certainly, I am compelled to think about the stones of thought I might choose to hurl to demean others. However troubled I am, and I often am, by their thinking, I try not to be guided by the log in my eye and become obsessed with the speck in theirs. To be humble in spirit is to serve our heavenly father with the good tidings of a gracious and grateful heart.
If I am wont to put on the righteous amour of God when l talk, act or vote, I must do so with a moral compass. Particularly so, if I want to follow or be indebted to another. Surely the Beatitudes would be a handy-pocket-guide for me to choose a leader or publicly question the political persuasions of another.
Hate mongering and truth telling can not share the same space. I must carefully keep his ways as a light unto my feet and my discernment. I also need to give wide berth to those whose viewpoints differ from mine. Romans 2:1 NCV: “If you think you can judge others, you are wrong. When you judge them, you are really judging yourself guilty, because you do the same things they do.”
God bless us all.
Alison Lord Stuart