Seven Reasons Why I Don't Belong To A Political Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wrote this article in 2016; still true…

So many in our nation today feel disenfranchised.

So many are like orphans searching for a family, a place to belong. And in this particular season, so many have found their sense of belonging and even identity in a political party or persona.

But those of us who have said yes to God, we joined a family. Orphans no longer, we found our belonging in Christ. We are fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers, and sisters, one family.

Before Jesus ascended to heaven He said, “I pray that you are one…(John 17:21)” It was His last will and testament that we would discover what it is to be family, what it is to choose love above all else.

We are not disenfranchised, we are becoming one.

In this highly charged political season of us and them, we must not find our belonging or identity in a political party or persona. Otherwise, we become lost.

We don’t belong to a political party, we belong to the family of God. Belonging is the gift our Father has given us through Jesus. This truth sets us free to vote our conscience; it also empowers us to let others vote theirs. And we don’t have to agree because it’s way better than that, we are family.

We are never meant to get our sense of belonging or identity from a political party and here are seven reasons why…

1 – A political party says, “You belong because you agree with me.”
The family of God says, “You belong because we are family, we share the same Father.”

2 – A political party says, “I will bully, shame, or manipulate you into voting the party line.”
The family of God says, “You are free to vote your conscience.”

3 – A political party says, “I will pressure you to minimize your party’s sin as the lesser of two evils for the greater good.”
The family of God says, “I will encourage you to confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)

4 – A political party says, “I will pressure you to justify or defend unrighteousness and ignorance.” 
The family of God says, “I will challenge you to stand for righteousness by speaking the truth in love….” (Eph 4:15)

5 – A political party says, “Regarding how we communicate with one another, the ends justifies the means” 
The family of God says, 
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Eph 4:2)

6 – A political party says, “I will leverage tragedy to manipulate voters.”
      The family of God says, “I will weep with those who weep.” (Rom 12:15)

7 – A political party says, “God has one perspective; mine.”
      The family of God says, “God has one perspective; love.” (1 John 4:8)

I don’t belong to a political party; I belong to a family, so do you. 


Jason Clark
is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.

2 Comments

  1. Bev Murrill

    Outstanding post, Jason. Thanks for being so clear with this …

    Reply
  2. Cindy Van Druff

    Good word Jason and very timely.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

YOU ALSO MIGHT LIKE…

RANDALL WORLEY / BRUSHSTROKES OF GRACE

“The two greatest myths that we, as humans, believe, are the myth of separation and the myth of scarcity.”

Grace, empathy, spiritual maturity, identity, destiny, purpose, and a sense of our eternal significance and worth; in this podcast, Randall Worley dives headlong into the measureless transforming and reconciling mystery of the love of God.

CHANNOCK BANET, CORY RICE, MATTHEW HESTER / 3 PASTORS, 4 MICS & TACOS

Channock Banet and Corey Rice are the senior and teaching pastors at Hill City Church just outside Louisville, KT, and the hosts of 2 Pastors And A Mic Podcast. Matthew Hester is the senior pastor of Dominion Church in the Greenville, SC, area, and the host of The Kingdom Is For Everyone Podcast.

Jason joins the guys in the Hill City Church studio to talk about the perfection of God’s love, the awakening within the church to union, relational theology that practically transforms our communities, how leaving the idolatry of separation impacts our thoughts on justice, heaven, and hell, friendship with God, the Kingdom alive and active in us, and seeing Christ in everyone.

PETE SCHELLER / DANCING WITH WISDOM

“For too long the image and understanding of God, the One Jesus called “Abba”, has been hidden from view or distorted beyond recognition. The unspoken cry of sons and daughters all over the world is ‘Give us our Dad back!’”

A renewed mind, western wisdom vs. God’s wisdom, theology in relational terms, and above all, a Father who doesn’t just love us, He really likes us; in this conversation, Pete Scheller shares from his new book, Dancing with Wisdom. The guys dive deep into the Father nature of God and laugh along the way.

MAKE ROOM WITH DEREK TURNER & JASON CLARK

Derek and Jason highlighted the connections being made on the Rethinking God with Tacos Facebook Group. The guys also discussed Derek’s new book, Make Room, a 21-day journey through the Gospel of John. Derek wrote this devotional to help strengthen our trust in our God’s unconditional love, melt fear from our hearts, and help us see ourselves through the eyes of our Father.

The conversation also touched on inerrancy and infallibility, seeing Jesus as the perfect theology, love being our guiding principle, worship songs that emphasize the finished work, and spiritual maturity.

SURE IN LOVE

Our Heavenly Father is always good and doesn’t desire desperate kids. Any relationship where kids are desperate for their Father is dysfunctional. Jesus revealed what it looks like to live sure as a loved son of our Father and gave us access to this same sureness.

ROD WILLIAMS / UNION WITH DISTINCTION

Union, a Triune God, mutual indwelling others-centered love (perichoresis) approaching scripture to discover Jesus, and communion are some of the themes Rod Williams dives into. What if “all” means “all” and God isn’t distant? There is no distance, no separation in God and this conversation is a beautiful invitation to awaken to that discovery and our union with Him.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!