Loyalty to Jesus on election day

Mennonite pastor Mark Schloneger will be observing U.S. election day tomorrow by going to the Lord’s Table. It’s a profoundly political act – remembering the ultimate Lordship of Jesus Christ, and remembering that the only true Christian nation is the Church of Jesus Christ (see 1 Peter 2:8-10). Here are some of the money quotes:

‘Gathering for Communion on Election Day seems fitting, for the practice of Communion is an inherently political act. It is both a pledge of allegiance to Jesus and a declaration of independence from all other powers making claims on our bodies, minds and souls.’

‘We remember that the only Christian nation in this world is the church, the holy nation that transcends all human-made walls, boundaries and borders.’

‘The Lord’s Supper reminds followers of Jesus to practice the politics of Jesus. To me, practicing the politics of Jesus means working to protect the sanctity of all human life, whether it is found in the womb, in prison, or in countries at war against us.

It means choosing the way of forgiveness and reconciliation rather than vengeance and violence. It means practicing an economy based on generosity and mutual aid.

It means offering care and compassion to suffering people regardless of their immigration status, economic class or religious practice.

It means being good stewards of God’s good creation. And, most of all, it means allowing God’s kingdom to break into the entirety of our lives, from the privacy of our homes to the politics we practice in public.’

Read the rest here.

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Tim Chesterton

Family man; pastor of St. Margaret's Anglican Church on Ellerslie Road, Edmonton; storyteller; traditional folk musician and occasional songwriter. Email me at timchesterton at outlook dot com.

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