by Brad Clarkson
Leadership Development & Worship Pastor
This coming Tuesday every eligible U.S. citizen has the right to walk into a voting booth and anonymously pull the lever for the candidate of their choosing. Stepping into that booth I am always reminded of the sacrifice that has hallowed the ground beneath my feet. It’s the most tangible connection I have to truly feeling a part of this ever-evolving American experiment.
As we consider the civic privilege and responsibility we have in this democratic process, let us be mindful of our scriptural mandate to honor those who are in authority over us. By doing so we can love our neighbor by joining in fellowship with them and respecting their right to vote their conscience. As Christians we have a deeper responsibility to consider what Scripture says regarding the political issues that face our country. Every day of every week at our church, we work to bring the light of Christ to the world around us because we believe the hope of Christ is the ultimate solution to every challenge we face.
If you attend Steele Creek Church of Charlotte this Sunday, you will see an incredibly diverse gathering of people. People that come from different backgrounds, different perspectives, different joy and different pain. Kelvin will be teaching from first Peter, chapter 2. Part of that text is below. Please read through that passage and join with us in prayer for our country and for the mission of our church to be and make disciples locally and around the world.
1 Peter 2:13-17
Submission to Government
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
See you Sunday.