I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.—1 Corinthians 1:10
This election cycle has been painful in many ways, and many of us have witnessed the pain via social media, the medium of many a flogging at the hands of—wait for it—Christians.
A recent study that shows nearly 40 percent of Americans are experiencing family tensions because of the election. I have to wonder if that number is higher in the body of Christ. We have accused, name-called, thrashed and turned our backs on one another because we can’t respect each other’s political opinions. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both devils, depending on which side you’re on, and anyone who follows either of them must be a devil worshiper. Or so it would seem.
We all agree our country is, in many ways, broken. We can’t agree upon the path to fixing it.
It’s time to focus on what Christians can agree upon.
We can agree that Jesus died for our angry, hateful, vulgar words.
We can agree our nation is divided enough already.
We can agree the church must unite because a house divided cannot stand.
We can agree that our divisiveness is an affront to God.
We can agree that Christians should be known by our love for one another.
We can agree to speak the truth in love when truth must be spoken.
We can agree that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
We can agree our ignorance, our worldliness and our apathy have contributed significantly to our nation’s decline.
We can agree each one of us deserves to be treated with the gentleness and respect we each expect for ourselves.
We can agree that we are just as much sinners as anyone else at whom we point our fingers.
We can agree the solutions to our nation’s ills are not purely political but spiritual.
We can agree only the Lord can fix this mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.
We can agree to pray with surrendered hearts for God’s best in our country.
We can agree God is among us when we unite in prayer.
We can agree to pray for our elected leaders, even if they’re not the leaders of our choosing, because it’s our biblical mandate.
We can agree that, more than ever, we need to be salt and light in our society, showing the love of Jesus so we can win others to Him.
We can agree to be peacemakers so we can experience God’s blessing.
We can agree we need to be alert and sober-minded because the end of all things is near—a statement exponentially more true than when it was written 2,000 years ago.
We can agree it is time for us be one, as our Lord is one. In this way, the world will know God sent Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins.
Because the world sure isn’t seeing the reality of the gospel through us right now.
And on that we can agree.