(Jason Armstrong) Every four years the nation prepares to unite around a political candidate. During this season, it seems that there is an increase in division among believers. Divisions and schisms among believers is nothing new. Paul recognized this with the church at Corinth. (1Cor.11:18) However, could there be a spiritual force at work that many believers are falling prey to? Is there a political spirit that partners with our uncrucified flesh to cause criticisms, slanders, and backbitings among our brothers and sisters?
The tactic of the enemy is always to divide. (2 Cor. 2:11) We as believers must be on guard and quick to recognize this tactic and not give in to its strategy. We must put forth the diligence to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. This is accomplished by forbearing one another in love. (Eph.4:1-5) It’s time to examine ourselves in this political season. (2Cor.13:5) Let’s not exchange our prophetic spirit for a political one.
The political spirit debates vs disciples.- Debates create atmospheres of contention which lead to envy and strife. The scriptures say that the presence of envy and strife opens the door for every evil work. In this atmosphere, we end up bashing our brothers and sisters instead of building them up. We are called to make disciples, not debaters. (2Tim.2:2) (Jas.3:16)(Mt.28:19) READ MORE