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Scripture: Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. — 1 Corinthians 1:10-11
Observation: The church in Corinth may have been one of the earliest worshiping Christian communities, and yet, according to that tattle-tale Chloe, it appears to be already coming apart at the seams. One of the primary concerns of the Apostle Paul in this letter the rapidly fraying fabric of community within the Corinthian Christians.
Application: Paul exhorts the Christians in Corinth to be united in purpose. On this Election Day, it bears asking ourselves, “What is our ultimate purpose?” As Christians, is it to see that our particular brand of politics “wins?” Is it to see that the “other side” is completely destroyed? If our ultimate purpose is a zero-sum game where “we” win and “they” lose, we will never be rid of quarrels and division in the church, much less the nation. Our purpose must be bigger than mere politics. Our purpose must be bigger than this sin-filled and sorrowful election cycle, for in just a few short months, another one will begin. Our ultimate purpose must transcend politics and elections. Our ultimate purpose, according to the Westminster Catechism, is to give glory to God and enjoy God forever. If our politics gives glory to the elephant or the donkey but ignores or brings shame upon the Lamb, then we’re doing it wrong.
Prayer: Holy and merciful God, on this Election Day, help us to remember that the most important election in our lifetimes was the day you elected us through the cross of Jesus Christ. Help us, whether our preferred candidates win or lose this day, to remember that the source of our ultimate security and hope for the future is in you, and no one else. Amen.