• Eli Schnell

What's Your Purpose?

On February 4, 2020, President Donald Trump gave the State of the Union address. Opinions on the president’s accomplishments vary, but no opinion was communicated more publicly than Nancy Pelosi’s. By ripping up her copy of the speech on live national television, feet from the president who had moments ago finished speaking it, she effectively communicated her disdain for this president and his accomplishments.

Emotions are running hot during this election cycle. Some hastily share anything that seems supportive of the president, while others are equally as eager to broadcast anything that tears at his character. If you are a Christian, remember you have more serious concerns than who will be the next president. Here are five to consider:

  1. Share the gospel of Jesus with all (Mk. 16:15; Rom. 10:1)

  2. Study the Scriptures to develop godlier character (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17)

  3. Show compassion toward needy people (Js. 1:27)

  4. Pray for our president, whoever may hold the office, to continue allowing Christians to live in peace as they share the gospel (1 Tim. 2:1-2)

  5. Submit to our government, as God grants its authority (Rom. 13:1)

Christians must continue living according to the high calling we have received. Christians live with a greater purpose than electing or impeaching a president. As you think about what messages you will share with the world during this election cycle, and beyond, remember Paul’s prayer for the Colossians, recorded in Colossians 1:9-12, and remember that you live for more than a president or country; you live for and because of Jesus.

“…we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”

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