Nov. 7, 2018
Pastor Paul Cannon
Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger.
The LORD sets the captive free.
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous. The LORD cares for the stranger;
the LORD sustains the orphan and the widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.
- Psalm 146
I want you to know that at the time of this writing, I have no idea how the election turned out. It may have gone one way, or it may have gone another. You might be happy at the time of reading this or you might be frustrated. In this time of political tension in our country, I try to abide by some wise words, “Always assume the best intentions in others.” I think that would be a helpful motto for all of us as we digest whatever political news may be coming.
Most of us, I think, want similar things for ourselves and for our neighbors. Those things probably aren’t so different from the words that we’ll hear in the Psalm on Sunday. Justice for the oppressed, food for those who hunger, care for the stranger, sustaining the orphan and widow – God’s values.
To say these are “God’s Values” is not hyperbole, it’s scripture. As Christians they are values we all ought to strive for as well. We may disagree on the best path to getting there, but I choose to assume that my brothers and sisters in Christ, who may vote differently from me, are trying to reflect these same values.
It’s a charitable interpretation, but it’s also what I hope people from the other party think of me – not that I’m evil or bad or wicked for voting for a certain candidate or party. We’ve had enough of those kinds of interpretations. Too much, actually. Far too often, it’s somebody sitting on the other side of the internet from you, decrying (or maybe even mocking!) your political opinion or belief.
We are the body of Christ. We may vary wildly from one political party to the next on the best way to achieve God’s goals, but we remain united in the values that God holds close: justice for the oppressed, food to those who hunger, care for the stranger, sustaining the orphan and widow.
Thanks be to God.