Dear Friends,

            

Two friends I’ve known since high school recently got into a political argument in an online chat on a popular social media site. It was distressing because these two small town grown and educated men share so much in common. They both have good Midwestern values: they work hard, love their families, and love their communities. In fact, there is far more that they hold in common than they could possibly disagree about. But this political spat may have permanently fractured their friendship.


In the intense atmosphere of this election season’s political rhetoric, the small differences between right and left are exaggerated and magnified beyond belief. Tempers are flaring and friendships and relationships within families are being destroyed over matters which are often out of our control and happening on distant national stages.


How are we to respond to this political fracturing of our country as people of faith? First we need to remember that we have a higher calling than our political inclinations. Our higher calling is to remember that as people of faith we are to follow Jesus as our sole Lord and savior. Politicians and political parties may try to fool us into thinking that they deserve our unfailing devotion to their causes. But the truth is that these factions do not deserve our allegiance. Our devotion belongs solely to God in Christ.


Second, we are called to live differently. We aren’t called to conform to either party’s platform. Because we know that the life of faith patterned after Jesus’ example and witness is our true guide – our real “platform” for living if you will. That life is modeled on love of God and of neighbor. It bears the rich fruit of God’s spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5: 22-23). It is not characterized by discord or self-aggrandizement.


Third, we are reminded that the Church is a safe place for people who are diverse in politics, age, gender, ethnicity, education, and background to come together around these common beliefs: That we are all called together by Christ, in Christ’s name, in order to love and serve him; And that we are to pattern our existence after Jesus, not any earthly leaders. The church is Christ’s, it is he who calls us together. We are to set aside our differences at the door to free ourselves to serve him.


In these trying times, I encourage you to pray for our nation and its leaders. Pray for the wise council of God to rule in their hearts and lives. And to pray for your friends and families such that the political rancor which is plaguing our country will not infect their personal relationships.  And finally to pray that, when we do discuss these things - as a healthy democracy must – that we do so with a  listening ear and with a healthy dose of, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Our families and friendships are too precious to do otherwise.

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 

 
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THIS WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Saturday, November 17th
6:30pm         Holidaze Parade with Hot Cocoa and Cookies in John Knox Hall

Sunday, November 18th

8:45am        Adult Ed
9:00am        Sunday School
10:00am      Worship
11:00am      Fellowship

Tuesday, November 20th
6:00pm          Budget and Stewardship

Wednesday, November 21st
NO YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Thursday, November 22nd-
Friday, Novmeber 23rd

OFFICE CLOSED-HOLIDAY BREAK


Sunday, November 25th
10:00am        Worship
11:00am        Fellowship

 

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