Unless you have been living under a rock you know that we in America are experiencing what some call “polarization.” Want to destroy a pleasant dinner party? Mention two names: Trump and Clinton. Those names are absolute gasoline. As we near the election, it’s only going to get worse.
For the last number of elections, every election is the most important election in history. Every election is our last chance to save America. Every election has apocalyptic warnings surrounding it. Frankly, it’s exhausting.
This polarization and intense rhetoric not only exists in our society, it’s also all too present in the church.
What is true is that everyone I talk with is feeling three things regardless of their politics: anxiety, uncertainty, and fear.
So this past week, I felt the nudging of the Spirit to talk about politics in church. No, I did not endorse a candidate. No, I did not talk about party platforms. Rather, I examined the odd relationship between the church and American politics and how that relationship may cause the church to give up the distinct and unique calling in the face of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear.
Or, if you prefer, you can follow this link to find the sermon on iTunes.