We are at Day 31 of my Lenten series on the Names of Jesus. At the same time, I am on day 3 of a blog challenge, where I have been asked to excite people in conversation about a hot button issue or topic.
I certainly don’t believe in coincidences, but that God provides opportunities such as this one to pursue a topic of conversation.
Today’s name for Jesus is mediator. (See what I mean about an opportunity?) A light bulb has gone off for me here, as I realize that framing this conversation with God’s Word, makes it much easier to step out.
Google shares this definition of the word, mediator: a person who attempts to make people involved in a conflict come to an agreement; a go-between.
I don’t like to stir the pot. I do my best to speak out on issues, when I really do have a strong belief about something. Instead of causing conflict, I would rather cause conversation.
I never talk about politics publicly. It’s a subject that makes me cringe and even sick to my stomach. The reason I don’t like it is because it’s a game to see who can one up the other. There is no production of new laws or progress forward when politics comes into play. Those who have been elected into positions, use their status to get ahead. They promise their supporters that they would make a positive impact and instead play the game to make sure their opponents don’t succeed. I understand having differing views, but I don’t understand preventing progress and law-making that would provide security and education for us now and for future generations.
Today we are in the thick of primary season for the presidential campaign. In my opinion, entirely too much of our news cycle is consumed, even obsessed with the upcoming election.
No political figure is our savior. No candidate is going to save our society from itself. People say, “I voted for the lesser of two evils.” Some people are voting based on their emotions. Some people aren’t voting at all. It’s a complicated system even though we consider democracy to be the best form of government.
I am thankful to live in this country. I consider it a duty as an American citizen to vote. There are a lot of important issues being debated right now. Eerily, it seems as history is repeating itself in some cases. I don’t like to listen to it, but it’s still important.
Thankfully, Scripture speaks to me more loudly than all this noise:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-6, NIV
I look at this passage and am reminded of a few things. Regardless of who are leaders are, whether we agree with them or not, we should be praying for them. Those in authority should be prayed for, just as we pray for our family, friends and those in need. Earthly authority in not easy for anyone, whether it be a parent, teacher, judge or leader.
Secondly, this passage says that Jesus is our mediator. He is the link between us and God our father. He took our place, so that sin did not swallow us into death. He died for us so that we may live eternally. His sacrifice on the cross gives us the opportunity to share His love now in the earthly life we have been given.
Yes, I will vote when I am given the opportunity. Yes, I will do my best to respect the people who are elected in to new positions come November. Yes, I will pray for these new leaders who are challenged by the world, politics and their own sinful nature. But, thankfully, instead of worrying about what’s next for our country, I can turn to our mediator, Jesus, and trust in the One who has already won the most important victory for us on the cross. That is a campaign message I can get behind and am glad to share boldly in my blog, on Facebook and with everyone I meet.
I am not fearful of the future if I remain focused on the love of Jesus Christ and His command to share it.