Posted by: Philip Rushton | November 6, 2012

Promoting Unity On A Divisive Day

It is election day in America. All polls suggest that it is going to be a very close race for the presidency. As a result, half the country will be happy with the result and the other half disappointed. This stands to be a day that creates a sense of divisiveness in the nation. In light of this, I thought I would point you to a few quotes that emphasize how we might live faithfully as Christians in a divided nation.

“I met those of our society who had votes in our ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To vote without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy, 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.
– John Wesley, October 6, 1774

“Politics draws lines between people; in contrast, Jesus’ love cuts across those lines and dispenses grace. That does not mean, of course, that Christians should not involve themselves in politics. It simply means that as we do so we must not let the rules of power displace the command to love.”
– Philip Yancey, Whats so Amazing About Grace

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
– Ephesians 4:2-6

“Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
– The Book of Common Prayer (1979)


  1. Hey, once we get around to invading Canada and turning it into a giant satellite parking lot for the Mall of America, it will be your Election Day too. 😉

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