Everybody is talking about the passage of landmark healthcare reform signed earlier this week. Like many political issues of our day, this one, probably more than anything else, has turned to a heated, polarized debate where emotion seems to interfere with rational discussion and levelheaded disagreement, and things are getting ugly.
In recent history, Christians have been far too politically motivated and aligned to enter into this conversation with any neutrality whatsoever. This is sin to be repented of. While being civic minded and politically involved are good, our higher calling is an allegiance to the kingdom. When we pick teams, we stifle our ability to enter into a conversation about politics and identify where the Spirit is working in those we interact with, putting our agenda first and the kingdom on the back burner.
When we step back with and look with a kingdom lens, we will see that people on both sides of the argument are all longing for some of the same core values. Some fear government intrusion so their response is a cry for less government intervention and more personal responsibility. Others on the other side of the debate argue for the health and well being of everyone in society and the necessity to provide basic services to everyone. Everybody believes his or her stance is what is best for our society.
Entering into this dialogue gives us the opportunity to be humble and learn from everyone (Titus 3:2); the Holy Spirit is able to work through us to use these conversations we have with others to present the truth of the gospel and describe the kingdom of God. People are searching for politics (and other things) to fix something that is broken- that something being man’s fallen state of sinfulness and the fix being Christ who reconciles all things to himself (Col. 1:20).
Identifying the things going on around us and their spiritual significance are key to living what’s been called a ‘missional lifestyle’. Rather than that just being a phrase, create some space in your day to love people enough to listen and see where God is already working in their circumstances, drawing them to himself.