The Election Aftermath and the Kingdom of God
“I met those of our society who had votes in the upcoming election, and advised them
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged the most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side."
- John Wesley, The Journal of John Wesley, October 6, 1774
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander,
as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
I confess ... two mornings ago I was driving down US-1 and going at a decent speed when someone zoomed up behind me, got very close, making it clear that he wanted me to move into the right lane. I accommodated and then he sped by me. It was just a minute later when I was stopped behind him waiting for a train to go by. Here’s the confession ... I felt vindicated that this person was delayed by the train. Admittedly, I was smiling.
Following Jesus is not easy. It means continually surrendering to the Holy Spirit, resisting evil in all forms, and confessing when we gloat or sulk. It’s Friday morning and we are in “election 2020 aftermath.” All media pundits are making their analysis and we are waiting. Whether your presidential candidate won or lost, you have an opinion of what is happening. Yesterday, I received a screenshot from a lay person whose former pastor “unloaded” on Twitter their opinion of anyone who supported the “other candidate” ... words like “idiot” were used. This layperson’s hurt was palpable because, while they may have not always agreed with their former pastor, they supported them in their membership commitment of prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness ... no matter what. I had to apologize for the inappropriate behavior.
Our witness lays in how we behave in the aftermath. Let’s check our hearts, head, and mouths making sure that we are kind and tenderhearted as the Apostle Paul instructed the church in Ephesus. We are Kingdom of God people. We believe in John Wesley’s last words, “Best of all, God is with us!” We know how the story ends. That does not diminish the electoral process and its importance, but it should alter our attitudes and actions. If it doesn’t, I invite you to do some introspection.
Looking to the future ... because that is our call as ones commissioned to spread the Good News ... please join us for our District Leadership Training event next Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. This will be a virtual event, and everyone is welcome. We will be creating processes of transformation through local church paths of discipleship. If anyone from your church family is behaving not as the Apostle Paul instructed, the problem is the lack of growing more like Christ. I think every church has a gap and this will help close it. Below are details on registration.
In the meantime, God is with us. Jesus is Lord! We are citizens of the Kingdom. The first shall be last and the lowly elevated. May God bless you and keep you +
Grace and peace ~
We are excited about our upcoming "Pathway to Life in Christ" Leadership Training Event and Workshop to be held Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon! This event will be led by Christin Nevins, Spiritual Leadership, Inc. During our time together, Christin will lead teams from the AC District churches in creating a process for discipleship.
Individuals can choose to register with your church to meet in person, or register with the District to receive the link to join your team by Zoom. The registration deadline is Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
Our goal is to have every church in the district participate in this training event. Please talk with your church's Administrative Assistant about registering with your church or visit the AC District webpage for details and to watch the promotional video.
On Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 PM, Rev. Dionne C. Hammond, District Superintendent, will lead our District Staff Parish Relations Committee training. This is mandatory training for our local church SPRC Chairs and the team. Include those who will be joining the team on January 1, 2021. Please add this date and time to your calendar.
The training will include: Essential Leadership Functions and Duties for the SPRC Chair and Team.
Please register for this virtual training on Zoom at the link here: https://florida-reg.brtapp.com/ACDistrictStaffParishTraining
A link to register on Zoom will be sent after registration. If you have any questions, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.