Election season can certainly cause division. This year seems to be especially nasty – not just among the candidates but with people in general, including Christians.

Instead of coming together, we seem more divided. I read a Facebook thread recently with two friends of mine arguing over politics. What started as a healthy conversation quickly  turned into an unpleasant dispute. This is an all too common practice lately. There’s no denying there are important  issues at stake, as there always are. And while it’s important to be active and knowledgeable in your civic duty, we can’t lose sight of God.

As evidenced in John 13:35, Jesus calls for us to be unified not divided: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This verse really impacted me. It made me realize that I’ve exhibited judgemental thoughts during this season. I haven’t always been walking in His calling, instead, like my friends, getting frustrated with those who had opposing views.  While I may not have gotten into a Facebook feud, my thought process was the same. Christian love means we conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Our minds and hearts need to be fixated on His love.

As this season continued, I found myself wondering  what the ramifications of this election will be, losing  sight of the ultimate picture: whether President Trump gets re-elected or former Vice President Biden wins, our Heavenly Father is  and always will be the one in control.

“He who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night.” – Jeremiah  31:35

So, regardless of who wins on November 3, do not give in to despair. The Father is bigger than any ruler or election.

As disciples of Jesus, let’s follow His lead and be unified, not divided.