Did you know that Jesus said very little about politics when He was on the earth? Why do you think that is? I think this passage says it all:
“On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, ‘Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.’ And He said to them, ‘Go, tell that fox, “Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.”’” Luke 13:31-32
His answer to the king, the most powerful political leader, was that He was about His heavenly kingdom, not the king’s earthly kingdom.
Now look at what He said when He was in the custody of the king and about to be sentenced to death:
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” John 18:33-36 NIV
So, if Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world, then neither is ours.
So the question is, if Jesus’ heavenly kingdom is not about politics, what is it about?
Every single person, no matter who they are, what political party they are affiliated with, their race, culture or creed.
We see this in spades in John chapter four where Jesus went beyond the borders of his country and culture to reach one person – a person the Jews believed was of a polluted religion. In fact, the racial divide between the Jews and the Samaritans would be considered greater than the racial tensions in our own country. But Jesus didn’t care – He cared about people – every single one!
So should we.
Look at what he said to His disciples when they couldn’t believe He would spend time with someone they hated:
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:34, 35
Jesus wants us to lift our eyes so we can see what is most important – people. All people.
Though Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world – it does invade this world. But how?
Jesus has called you the “salt and light of the world.” The “fragrance of Christ” wherever you go.
Salt preserves our culture from moral decay. And light illuminates the goodness and grace of God, seen through your good works. Jesus said that if your words and actions are good, it would glorify God and people would be drawn to Him.
Let me ask you – better yet, ask yourself – whether your candidate won or lost, have your words and actions since the Presidential Election been the salt and light of the world?
Would you say that your words to others, and on social media, and your personal interactions, are drawing people closer to God? That is your calling. How are you doing with that?
If you feel you have not been re-presenting Christ to the world in word and deed, change. Ask Jesus to forgive you and choose, beginning today, to do your best to speak and act like Jesus. It is the only hope the world has.