I came across this article written by Jonathan Leeman from the Gospel Coalition challenging the church and it’s members with the question: the things you voted for, the things you advocated, whether he/she/it won or lost, do you now go and advocate and live for these things in your daily life? It’s not enough to simply vote for a cause. The advocacy and support for Christian issues do not end there. We must be a people who live for a cause. We live to make his kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven every day of our lives.
Here is an excerpt from the article that I thought was really convicting:
Paul asked the Jews of his day, “You who preach against stealing, do you steal?”
I’ve got a few questions of my own. You who call for immigration reform, do you practice hospitality with strangers?
You who vote for family values, do you honor your parents and love your spouse self-sacrificially?
You who speak against abortion, do you physically and emotionally defraud your girlfriend? Let worldly ambition delay having children? Never make it home in time for the soccer game? Quietly acquiesce to abortion itself when push comes to shove? Or do you embrace and assist the single mothers in your church? Do you encourage adoption?
You who talk about welfare reform, do you give to the needy in your congregation?
You who proclaim that all lives matter, who are your friends? Do they all look like you?
You who rightly lament structural injustices, do you work against them in your own congregation? Do you rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep?
You who fight for traditional marriage, do you submit to your husband, or love your wife, cherishing her as you would your own body and washing her with the water of the Word?
You who are concerned about the economy and the job market, do you obey your boss with a sincere heart, not as a people pleaser but as you would obey Christ?
You who care about corporate tax rates, how do you treat your employees? Do you threaten them, forgetting that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him?
You who opine on social media, do you gladly share the Lord’s Supper with the church member who disagrees? Do you pray for their spiritual good?
We must not be a people who simply vote and expect the government to make the changes that God has called the church to do. We must be the church that lives out the values of the new kingdom everyday.
Here is the article in full: