30 Jul The Gospel and Politics
Did you know that once upon a time, Jesus vocalized a prayer request?
Once upon a time, Jesus actually named a prayer request and asked God the Father to help him help us with something.
In John 17:21, Jesus prays that we “would be one” as God the Father and Jesus the Son are “one”.
Why did he pray that? He didn’t, in his last moments, pray for every human body to be healed or every soul to be saved, although those are, without question, crucial parts of Gospel/Kingdom/Christ-Centered community.
Instead, he prays for the unity of the church. Why?
I think it’s because unity in the church is, perhaps, the biggest miracle of all.
Now, as a pastor, I have found it, you could say, fairly easy to talk about religion in church.
I have also found it fairly easy to stay away from the subject of politics, and for obvious reasons. Talking about that subject would not seem to be something that answered Jesus’ prayer.
But whenever something Jesus says about a subject intersects with where we are as a culture, we should probably make some sort of effort to talk about it, and aim it towards his ultimate goal for us…and his call to oneness would appear to be just that point of intersection.
You may have heard that this is an election year (that was a joke), and, as you can see for yourself, our nation is more divided about the subject than ever. What that does, inevitably, is put pressure on the church to become divided about it, as well. And being, as you may know, a multiethnic church, the opportunity for any cultural division to spill over into and overtake us is an inherent risk in what we do.
That being said, despite the dangers now, we also have the unprecedented opportunity now to show our city and the world what a church filled with people who love Jesus and one another can look like in the middle of the storm.
Briefly put, right now, it is more important than ever to listen to one another, stay engaged as relationally possible, and in the end, set the standard for how to do this.
This would be a far easier task if we were monoethnic, which most churches are.
And, as voting tends to fall along racial lines in the United States, Mosaic Church brings together, just like the literal county property line which runs through our parking lot, people from all over the map when it comes to this subject.
You may be tempted to complain, as is understandable, about how divided our nation is. Through our upcoming TGA (The Gospel and) Politics, you and I have the opportunity to do something about it.
TGA (The Gospel and) Politics
September 18, 2020 at 7PM
Our goal at this online event is not to try to convince someone how to vote. Our goal would be to help us all get better at holding the tension between what we agree on and what we don’t, and to give us some tools to help us get there.
Most of us don’t have any coaching, teaching or training on this; most of us just use our cultural or pre-formed family tools to do this, often with less than helpful results.
I will be the first to admit that I have not always gotten this right, nor has Mosaic Church always gotten this right. But I do know that we want to try. I do know we want to get better. And we want to do the hard work, along with you, to help us get there.
I hope you’ll sign up to be there with a humble and hopeful heart filled with the North Star of Jesus’ prayer:
“Father, make them one.”