Election Day Pithiness

Is there political unrest? Seek first, not a Republican victory, or a labor victory, but the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Then there will be added–not necessarily a Republican or labor victory, but–political rest.

Carl F. H. Henry

I don’t think we need to worry that today’s election will usher in any golden age, but we do need to cast our vote in accordance with the otherworldly citizenship which we maintain. Our loyalties really do lie elsewhere.

On another note, I’m noticing that Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8 happen to be receiving a lot of attention these days -and in my neck of the woods. There really is such a thing as adiaphora (remember Madeleine L’Engle’s “There really is such a thing as a tessaract”?). You may need to look it up; adiaphora, that is. Lest you think that this should be applied to all questionable activities not given explicit attention in the text of Scripture, it might be helpful to understand that Paul spoke of Jewish dietary laws and meat offered to idols. As far as I can tell, I don’t think that Paul would condone the following of temple prostitutes. None of these activities – eating pork, eating meat offered to idols, or setting a tail on temple prostitutes – will involve you in sin, but this last one demonstrates a willingness to become close with it.

On the one hand, you may find it necessary to follow the temple prostitute inadvertently, for he or she happens to be going in the same direction as you. Making it a practice to follow one of these questionable figures around town, on the other hand, indicates the presence of more deeply misplaced affections.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

St. John

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