Jesus, Politics and Church

Welcome to Sunday. Like many other people around the world, I will be attending church this morning. It is one of the highlights of my week. I love the worship, the message and the interaction with my church family. The one thing I do not enjoy is when the conversations turn to politics. I did not come to church for a political rally. No, I came to worship and learn more about Jesus.

I bring this up because the political season is starting to heat up. The political conversations have started. Even in church. Heck, you can’t even go to a prayer meeting without someone bringing up their like or dislike for a certain party or politician.

I know this will come as a shock to some, but Jesus doesn’t belong to a political party. I know some people will argue that point, but I still haven’t found any scripture where Jesus talks about living in a Red or Blue State. No, I truly believe Jesus wants us to be more concerned about the gospel and less concerned about politics. I believe Jesus is more concerned about how we treat everyone (regardless of where they come from), than He is about what party name is on our voter registration card.

I think places of worship need to be careful navigating through the political seas. People who need Jesus come from all political and social backgrounds. The church should not be a barrier to the gospel. So pastors and leaders need to make sure all are welcome regardless of what side of the political arena they come from. Church should be a safe place for all. A place that is more concerned about the gospel that who is in the White House.

On a side note, if your church is praying for the current President, I hope you prayed for the previous President and will pray for the next President regardless of what party they come from. ~OC

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