I wonder what the Apostle Paul would make of our political campaigns with their charges and counter charges?
Each party predicts doom and gloom if the opposite one wins the election. There is a certain religious connotation to it all as well. Each party makes strong appeals to the religious factions in our society. No matter what your political persuasion, Paul’s advice to the Romans is as pertinent as it ever was:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God...Romans 12:2
What is the stance of the world? Well, materialism, for one thing. Human worth seems measured by how many cars in the driveway or how many rooms in the house. Prejudice is another. “You do not belong to my religion, race or club, so you just don’t fit in.” Selfishness is yet another worldly measuring stick. “Me first“ is the rule. “Get back to the end of the line where you belong. I am way ahead of you! ”Be transformed,” Paul says, “so that you may prove what is the will of God.” That goes way beyond loyalty to a political party. Paul is not talking about political philosophy, but a total recreation of mind and soul. Now that’s good advice in an election year, or any year!”
Wilbur Rees is currently Pastor Emeritus at Shalom United Church of Christ in Richland.
Wilbur calls himself a “survivor.” Having weathered the first two and a half decades of a tumultuous life, he went on to complete his education and serve as pastor in four states. He has written numerous article for religious publications and, in addition to this book, is the author of “Three Dollars Worth of God”. He is now retired and lives with his wife in Washington State.