No matter who wins this election, some of us will wake up anxious tomorrow. What we do with our anxiety or anger determines what sort of people we are. Will we hear the Good Shepherd calling us away from the unsteady herd ready to thunder over the next cliff? Will Jesus corral our racing hearts before our emotions outpace our better angels? Will we place our trust in Jesus, Donald or Hillary? Will our good works light the way for others or will we add greater fear to the already anxious night? Will the love of Jesus shine through us?
Here are a few red-letter verses for those of us professing to be Christians.
“Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give back to God what is God’s.” Jesus in Matthew 22:21
“Seek the Kingdom of God above everything else, and live righteously, and God will give you everything you need”. Jesus in Matthew 6:33
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Jesus in Matthew 5:9
“You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Jesus in Matthew 5:14-16
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Jesus in Luke 6:45
“But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to hell’s fire.” Jesus in Matthew 5:22
“I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter” Jesus in Matthew 12:36
“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you receive. Why do you notice the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not see the splinter in your own eye? How can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while a stick is lodged in your eye? You hypocrite, first remove the shard from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to help take the dust speck out of your neighbor’s eye.” Jesus in Matthew 7:1-5
“For if you forgive others, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive you.” Jesus quoted in Matthew 6:14
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all of your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Jesus quoted in Matthew 22:37-40