What to do, what to do? Ladies and gentlemen, we have a huge decision looming in the next month: Cheese or Pepperoni? In all honesty, the election, and more importantly, all of the hype leading up to it is getting rather intense.
Never before in any of the elections we have been witness to, have we seen such trash-talking, media-baiting craziness, like we are witness to in 2016. No matter which side of the aisle you stand on, that is not what this post is about, we can find and stand firm on common ground.
Peter, after reflecting upon the life of his Lord, Savior, and most likely best friend (#bff) has some choice words for his followers and readers of his first letter. These Christians were facing persecution, real persecution, and not the Starbucks-color-of-a-coffee-cup-persecution that we face, and he felt implored to remind them to, “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:17)
Huh, would you look at that, even in the face of death, Peter reminds us that we are instructed to show respect to everyone, democrats AND republicans. And look at this teaching, we are to love the family of believers, that is right, no matter the denomination, a believer in Christ is a believer in Christ, and Peter, probably recalling Jesus’ greatest commandment, calls us to love. Fear God, also known as respect God, and the last one is the most important one we can do after we get the news of a lifetime on the night of the 2nd Tuesday in November, honor the emperor.
Before we can honor this president, there is one more important thing we can do: pray. As believers, we should be praying that whoever is put in office, they would seek the Lord in their decisions. I pray that we seek the spirit before seeking the ballot.