Avoiding Election Infection

Faith before politics.

You don't see any conflict between your faith and your politics.

Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.  I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” Luke 5:31-32 

They all ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food.  Matthew 15:37 NLT

Bible first / Politics second

Jesus first / Political party second

To get this right we must do something Jesus did.

People first / Politics second

We can disagree on what's best for people, but we can't disagree that what's best for people is what's best.

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  Matthew 22:37-38 NLT

A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:39-40 NLT

Your behavior makes perfect sense to you.

Everybody's behavior makes perfect sense to him or her.

Your political views make perfect sense to you.

Everybody's political views make perfect sense to him or her.

Be a student, not a critic.

Jesus' followers should be the most confident, curious, composed, compassionate people in the room.

Four Questions to Avoid Election Infection:

1. What led you to hold that view?
2. Have you always held this view?
3. Have you met him? her?
4. I get most of my information from the media.  How about you?

In conclusion:
- Opinion?
- Argue your point?
- Make a point at the expense of influence?
- Jeopardize a relationship?