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My heart on the presidential election and the image of the church

My heart has been incredibly heavy this week over the state of our nation. I have friends and family on all sides of every issue and I can’t stand to be on social media right now. So much of the back and forth—the hate, the pride, the lashing out—is disappointing, at best. I’ve been fairly quiet online as I process where to go from here.

Lord, what is my part? What actions can I take? How am I supposed to pray?

This I do know: I am a Christian and an ambassador for Christ, not primarily of a political party or certain candidate. I am the brand of Christ. When people look at me, they are to see and feel something that is supernatural and special. Not because of who I am, but because (whether they can identify it or not) they see Christ in me. Everything I say or don’t say, do or don’t do is a reflection of Christ and I long to reflect Him well.

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I wish I was better at this. There are so many days and moments that I fail to reflect the glory of God to the people around me. And yet God is to be glorified through all His people—the church. I long for His good and gracious character to be made known. I want souls to see their utter need for Christ. And none of this can happen if Christians don’t look like Christ.

Lately it seems our reflection of Him has been covered in mud.

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So—starting with me—I’m praying for a revival of a renewed repentance and deep humility among the church. I’m asking God to show me if there is any wicked way within me and lead me toward repentance. Today, I choose to focus primarily on my own actions and attitudes and —by God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit—I will follow the example of Christ down the road of counting others more significant than myself.

LORD JESUS,

I sin — Grant that I may
never cease grieving because of it,
never be content with myself,
never think I can reach a point of perfection.
Kill my envy, command my tongue,
trample down self.
Give me grace to be holy, kind, gentle, pure,
peaceable,
to live for thee and not for self,
to copy thy words, acts, spirit,
to be transformed into thy likeness,
to be consecrated wholly to thee,
to live entirely to thy glory.

. . .

O God, the Eternal All, help me to know that
all things are shadows, but thou art substance,
all things are quicksands, but thou art mountain,
all things are shifting, but thou art anchor,
all things are ignorance, but thou art wisdom.

—Valley of Vision, Purification

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Amen.

6 replies
  1. Valerie
    Valerie says:

    Amen! Beautifully said and definitely a reflection of my heart too. It is very evident that our nation is in trouble. It’s even more evident that the Church is in trouble. People who profess to be Christians do not seem to be living for Christ. There is no middle ground. Jesus was very clear, choose me or the world. Praying…

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    • Katie
      Katie says:

      It’s so easy to forget that this world is not our home, and the way we live our moments matters! Thanks for reading, Valerie!

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  2. NormaJean
    NormaJean says:

    Thank you for putting words so eloquently, to my heart and thoughts. I was hoping that once the election was over, the ugliness would stop. That has not been the case. Like you, I now need to examine myself to see how I can look more like Jesus and less like self.

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    • Katie
      Katie says:

      Thanks for reading, NormaJean. I fully believe God has good plans in all of this. I just need to remind my heart of that truth sometimes!

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