October 21, 2020
Pr. Paul Cannon
For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
There is two weeks to go, and the tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. I don’t even have to say it and you know what I mean. There’s an election coming up during a time where we are already inundated with anxiety from COVID. It’ll be nonstop
The next two weeks aren’t going to get any better. You will be hearing non-stop about left versus right, Democrat versus Republican, blue versus red. There will be neighbor against neighbor, father against son and mother against daughter. If all you knew was what you heard on the news, you would think there is only two kinds of people in this world – and you better pick a side.
Resist it. Resist the anxiety. Resist the side choosing and the finger pointing. Resist because there’s only one opinion that matters, and in Christ, there are no sides.
To be clear, you should still vote (please vote), because choosing our elected representatives is important. Those decisions will affect people’s lives in real and meaningful ways.
But what we all have to resist, is the temptation to make somebody “other” – to draw lines in the sand – because in Christ there is no “other.” In Christ, we are one body, though made up of many members (to quote from 1 Corinthians).
This Sunday is Reformation Sunday, where we will remember that we are all (emphasis all) justified by God’s grace as a gift. And the reason we have this gift, is because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” to quote Romans.
We are in it together. We should have each other’s backs.
So resist it. Resist the name calling. Resist making somebody an “other.” Because in Christ, we are one body, one people; all flawed and all forgiven.