Pastor Jim asked me to write a devotional. I normally stick to serving in the music ministry (playing drums), but here are my “Safer at Home” thoughts in this new Covid-19 world:
Our recent sermon series covering the current big and controversial topics in the press and society really got me thinking. As Christians are we supposed to identify as “red” or “blue” politically – or should we have a completely different identity that isn’t really either “red” or “blue”?
One of my favorite guiding principles in Scripture is Matthew 25:34-36:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”
What would Jesus do when it comes to helping the less fortunate? Would he let politics divide his people? I don’t think so. Our guiding principles should be based on scripture.
As a country we have become so politically divided that common ground is increasingly hard to find and hate often displaces love and compassion. If we are going to be “light and salt” in our communities, we also need to handle the politically divisive stuff differently too – and rise above it, guided by the Spirit.
When we truly demonstrate “The fruit of the Spirit” in our lives, others will want what we have and we will be like a magnet for the church and for Jesus. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Gal 5:22-23).
Father, help us to be Uniters in a divided world, and help us find our identity not in this world but in your Son… especially during this very challenging time.
Dana Christiansen, drummer guy!