So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! – 2 Corinthians 5:16
Paul wrote to the Corinthian church regarding matters of this life versus the afterlife. He said that in this life we live in this temporal house made of skin and bone but will one day have a tent made by God and not of human effort. Paul then goes on to say that he stopped viewing people from a human perspective but rather from God’s vantage point of reconciliation to him. He followed up that comment with the note that he did Jesus the same way but oh how much more does he know Him now through eyes of grace and love!
Given all the hatred fomented by politics lately, we need to heed the message of God in this passage. Black lives matter, Sanders, Clinton, and Trump followers are all raising their voices to be heard and get their point of view noticed. But to what end? Police are murdered. Riots break out at political rallies. Hatred spews from lips like venom from cobras! Where does this get us? Nowhere but lives filled with hate and suspicion of our neighbors and friends and even family!
We, Christians-disciples of Jesus, must learn to live above this fray and see people through the eyes of Grace. For we were all sinners and deserving of a demon’s hell instead of eternity with the Creator! We should abhor sin because it brings death to all who practice it, but Jesus gives life to all who accept his salvation by grace through faith. As we head into the election period, don’t allow yourself to get tripped up in the mean, hate-filled diatribe of political discourse. Be involved and do your civic duty, but remember that God gave his Son as the offering for the sins of all humanity. Without it we would be no better off than the unbeliever.
Let us show his love by loving our neighbors as ourselves and thereby fulfill the royal law of love! The more we do so, the more we begin to see and respond to people in God’s will that none perish but all come to repentance.
Father, yo are the gift giver. There is no one like you. You forgive our sins and yet still love us even if we do disobey. Your majesty exceeds the glory of the whole universe. Please help me to see people from your perspective and to model a heart of love and forgiveness rather than one of pride and judgment. Let your glory be seen in me rather than the vile and disgust that once percolated within me. Please forgive my sins of exclusion, pride, and arrogance. I need to love others as you do. Holy Spirit teach me this principle and how to put it into full practice. May your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.