A Church Where Christ is More Important

Can you imagine a church where the Christ we share is more important than the politics we don’t? I suspect it might look something like this…

We’d welcome both Democrats and Republicans into membership based on our common profession of faith in Christ rather than our common loyalty to a political platform.

We’d refuse to define our church with opposition to either political party, choosing instead to define ourselves with opposition to sin, the devil, and all the effects of the curse.

We’d be able to have difficult conversations about deep differences, listen to each other well, and part ways still believing the best about each other.

We’d be the only place in town where Dems and Reps can be found teaching each other’s kids, sacrificing to meet each other’s needs, and praying together for the wellbeing and prosperity of whatever President we happen to have at the time.

We’d be too wise to believe that the very best Democratic President or the very best Republican President is our hope to roll back the curse of sin and fix our broken world.

We’d learn humility as we submerged our own deeply held political beliefs beneath our obligation as church members to be at peace with one another (Mk 9:50), be devoted to one another (Rom 12:10), accept one another (Rom 15:7), agree with one another (1 Cor 1:10), care for one another (1 Cor 12:25), and submit to one another (Eph 5:21).

We’d be eager to receive the leadership and ministry of deacons and elders from both parties because we’d accept the qualifications for church office as God gave them to us and refuse to make political party affiliation our new standard.

We’d keep on doing what we’ve always done as a church, no matter who is President—sharing the gospel, making disciples, praying for grace, worshiping God, observing the ordinances, encouraging the downcast, and binding up the wounded.

We’d be particularly careful how we define our enemies, recognizing that the gospel makes church members into one family of the Father, one body in Christ, and one temple indwelt by God’s Spirit.

We’d learn the costs and rewards of real Christian love, thereby proving to ourselves and others that our claim to be a Christian is really real.

All this could be ours if the Christ we share were more important than the politics we don’t. Maybe this election will be the best thing for our church after all.