A Better Way – The Great Divide

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Whether you’ve already voted or you’re voting tomorrow, whether you’re politically savvy or feel a little bit lost, whether you’re confident in your voting choice or just going with who best hits most of your preferences—tomorrow is the day—Election Day. Emotions are HIGH. Presidential election years are typically tumultuous, and this year is no exception. As the pandemic and lockdowns continue, there’s more time for the news and social media. And all that information (and occasional misinformation) has only exacerbated tensions and conflict, and has led to greater divisions. Thankfully, here at CedarCreek, we have been working through a great message series, The Great Divide, to help us navigate these times in a way that honors Christ.

We all know that Satan wants to kill, destroy, and at the very least, divide us. Thankfully, Jesus shows us a better way. In John 17, Jesus prays for us to have unity. Check it out:

John 17:21-23
21 “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. 22 I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”

That last verse is worth repeating, “May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”

As we think about the steps on the spiritual journey—Knowing God, Finding Freedom, Discovering Purpose, and Making a Difference—we don’t see, “Oh, and by the way, ‘VOTE THIS WAY!’” My heart is broken over the division and vile discourse that election season brings, especially among people who follow Jesus. So instead, as Christ followers, may our unwavering focus be to speak, think, and behave in ways that point others to Jesus and let them know how much they matter to him—how much he loves them.

It’s safe to say this will be an interesting week, whatever the outcome. But, let’s not let our actions, our words, or our discourse ruin our testimony for Jesus, cause division in relationships, and tarnish the message gifted to us. May we be instruments of hope, love, and unity.

Are your thoughts fixed on the message of Jesus? Have your words or actions turned people toward or away from Jesus? What are some steps you can take to be a bridge-builder? How can you honor someone who thinks differently than you?

Next Steps:
Sometimes the best next step is to simply be quiet. While we may have a burning desire to make a point, if it drives people away from Jesus, it’s not worth it. Likewise, practicing the pause is a beneficial action. Pausing to think before responding can keep us from increasing divisiveness. Most of all, keep Jesus and his message of salvation at the center of all your interactions, always.

Oh God, we are desperate for your peace and for your wisdom to guide us. Help us, by the power of your Holy Spirit, to be instruments of peace and unity—even when dealing with people or situations that are divisive. Regardless of how the U.S. election turns out tomorrow, may our TRUST be in you—the author and finisher of our faith. We thank you that you’re never changing and our hope is secure in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.

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3 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thank you Kendra. I look forward to voting tomorrow and I feel so blessed to live in a country that gives me the opportunity. I love the diversity in America and embrace our differences and our common ground. May God bless America.

  2. Marna Ward
    Marna Ward says:

    Reading this as a family over dinner tonight – well done! Thank you for ministering to us through this today.

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