Platforms and Parties

“Just know this: If God has all the same opinions your political party does, you’re probably not worshipping God.”

I read these words recently in a thought provoking post from Carey Nieuwhof

I find tremendous comfort in that statement. I breathed a quiet sigh of relief when I read that sentence for the first time too. Because, honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to park myself on one particular side of the political aisle and feel at home. For a long time now I’ve felt party-less.

Carey’s word reminded me that the truth and hope we seek and long for are not and will never be found by choosing one political platform over another political platform. We are not to place our faith on those foundations.  

I found myself in Psalm 119 this morning, reading portions of it in both the Holman translation and Eugene Peterson’s the Message.

 “God, teach me lessons for living
 so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—
 my whole life one long, obedient response.” (vs 33-34)

I fail every day at keeping my eyes, my heart, and my feet consistently pointed and moving in the right direction. I get side tracked and thrown off course by all the other voices telling me what I should or shouldn’t do, what I should or shouldn’t believe.

“Put your hand out and steady me
    since I’ve chosen to live by your counsel.
I’m homesick, God, for your salvation;
    I love it when you show yourself!
Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well,
    use your decrees to put iron in my soul.
And should I wander off like a lost sheep—seek me!
    I’ll recognize the sound of your voice.” (vs 173- 176)

Dear Lord,

I don’t claim to know all the right answers or the right decisions.  But I do know this:
I want to know You better and by knowing You better…to love You better.

“My heart says this about You,” You are to seek My face.” LORD, I will seek Your face.” Psalm 27:8

 I want to love others better…with more compassion, more grace, and more mercy.

Keep my heart receptive to Your voice.

“By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

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