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11.01.20

Your Decision: What if Your Vote isn't About Choosing a Side

Key Passage: Titus 3:1-2

Speaker: Nate Wagner

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

On a scale from 1 to 10, how interested are you in politics?

Think about the people you interact with most. What percentage of those people think pretty much the same way as you politically?

What does it practically mean to evaluate your politics through the lens of your faith rather than creating a version of faith that supports your politics?

Consider

Respond: While we will not agree on every political talking point, we should not let political differences divide us.

Many times our cultural contexts determine our political perspectives. As Rufus Miles said, “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” Our political views are shaped by a number of variables: our backgrounds, education, and personal experiences to name a few. How does that thought resonate with you? Do you really feel you would think different politically if you had a different set of past and current experiences?

Respond: The unity and diversity of the early church shocked and intrigued the ancient world. Our unity and diversity should similarly intrigue our world.

Study

Read Galatians 6:2, where Paul summarizes how we can practically fulfill the law of Christ.

What stands out to you?

How can we all follow the law of Christ but still disagree politically?

Do you generally trust that someone who votes differently than you has an informed conscience?

Read Galatians 3:28, where Paul talks about cultural barriers that should be minimized because of Jesus. 

What stands out to you? Are there cultural categories (e.g., gender, political parties, economic classes) that are hard for you to see as having equal value?

When it comes to having conversations about politics, would you describe yourself as more unifying or disruptive? What’s something you can do (or stop doing) to approach political conversations in a healthier way?

Read Titus 3:1-2, where Paul gives guidance to the church on Crete about how to maximize influence in the midst of persecution and no access to political power.  What is your response to these seven exhortations?

Respect the Role of Leaders God has Placed Over Us

Humble Submission

Seek out the Good that Needs to be Done

Refuse to Slander

Known as People of Peace

Pursue the Benefit of Others at Your Own Expense

Gentle Posture in All Things Toward All People

Discuss           

Do you agree with this list of regarding faith and politics?  How might they serve to protect unity and impact our world?    

We engage in politics and political conversations as Kingdom Independents first before political party members.

We believe that God doesn’t have a political party, that neither the DNC nor the GOP promote Kingdom values sufficiently enough to demand our absolute loyalty, and that Jesus is our King.

When having political conversations we avoid half truths, hyperbolic accusations, name calling, demonizing, and catastrophizing.

If we are unable to be civil and gracious, we will choose not to engage.

We welcome open dialogue, thoughtful questions, necessary critiques, and redemptive debate.

We value relationships over being right and unity over political party.

We believe that political engagement (specifically voting) is good and that strong political disagreements are appropriate & necessary in the pursuit of wisdom, Christian unity, and healthy community.