Goodness Sakes! I thought the election was all over. And it is. Now another issue emerges and I am not looking forward to it. How do I get along with those who voted for the other candidate?
Goodness Sakes! I want to be a Christian in my heart and head. So how do I act toward fellow Christians who departed political company with me? I’m also talking about family, friends and neighbors who did not vote the way I did.
Goodness Sakes! It goes deeper than being tolerant and civil. We are talking about divisions over the direction of our country.
Can we talk about politics not wanting to debate or change the other’s person’s mind? Can we find a new friendship together despite living in a culture that thrives and feeds off conflict and disagreement?
Goodness Sakes! One approach says make a treaty with friends, family and fellow Christians not to talk about politics. That is one way.
Goodness Sakes! A second approach I believe is more helpful but more difficult. It goes like this: “Your friendship, family ties and neighborliness means much to me. I offer a suggestion. Can we talk about politics not wanting to debate or change the other’s person’s mind? Can we find a new friendship together despite living in a culture that thrives and feeds off conflict and disagreement?
Goodness Sakes! Can we say to one another, “The peace of God be with you” even though we may not be at peace with one another?” Can the other respond, “The peace of God be with you.”
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all (human) understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Let the Scriptures Speak
Buy An Understandable Bible Translation: Speak to Pastors Eliot and Lawrence for recommendations.
Church Year: Epiphany means “to show”, “to make known”, “to reveal” the church’s service to the wider world. This season runs till Ash Wednesday, March 1 – beginning of Lent. Colors are gold and white.
Daily Scripture Reading: *Choose time of day *Choose a quiet place *Light a candle (symbol of God’s presence) *Begin with a prayer (Open my heart to your Word, O God.” *Close with a prayer (May your presence be with me today.”
In Conversation with Scripture: The Bible is filled with a variety of writings. A few examples – poetry (Psalms); history (Joshua and judges); prophets (Joel, Isaiah, Micah); Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John); the early Christian Church (Paul’s Letters) and end times (Revelation). It is helpful to know what type of writings you are reading. Again, check background information in your Bible.
Spiritual Practice: *When you read scripture, what word/thought comes to your attention)? *What do these words say to you? *What do you hear God saying to you?
Bible Readings For The Week: Sunday January 15: John 4:27-42; Monday January 16: Mark 3:7-19a; Tuesday January 17: Mark 3:19b-35; Wednesday January 18: Mark 4:1-20; Thursday January 19: Mark 4: 21-34; Friday January 20: Mark 4:35-41; Saturday January 21: Mark 5:1-20. Pray your own prayers.
Dan Schmiechen is a retired minister and member of Linden Hills United Church of Christ.