Last Sunday at New Church– Chiesa Nuova UCC here in Dallas, Texas—we spent some time reflecting on the scripture passage from where the quote above emerges. As this new week began, and I was pelted with all the news about the current political campaign, I couldn’t help but remember that verse about “truth.” Of course, the writer of the Gospel of John, speaking about the “Spirit of Truth” is using that term interchangeably with the term, “Holy Spirit.” So, then the verse reads something like, “When the Holy Spirit comes to us, the thing we can count on is that, She will guide us into all the truth.”
So, I began to consider the current political climate, filled as it is with name-calling and ugliness, pledges, and promises. I then began to think about what I know about our current culture, that we are prone to surround ourselves with people who think and look and act like we do. What that means is that whenever anyone puts forth a different point of view we simply “un-friend,” “un-follow” or “delete.” And so, we are only hearing our point of view and that is not necessarily a good thing. If that is true then we cannot possibly have the full picture of what is happening in our world, much less find the truth.
What if, instead, we made a commitment to try our best to seek the truth, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us, as Jesus said that She would? What if we challenged our own biased thinking by listening to different sources for our information and asking more questions of all sources? What if we then actually listened, listened intently, listened with an open heart, listened discerningly?
I don’t know about you, but I simply must find a different way to get through the next few months rather than being angry and stewing over what this or that candidate has said. I don’t want to live an angry and fear-filled life, I don’t think you do either, and I certainly don’t think that is how God would have us live.
So, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, member of another party, or you are planning to vote for a yet unnamed candidate, join me, won’t you? Let us faithfully call upon the Holy Spirit to guide us into the truth so that when the day of voting comes we will make the best possible decision that we can. Then, regardless of the outcome, let us trust that our God will be with us as we step into the future.
Holy One, as our hearts are troubled with the circumstances of the current election cycle, help us set aside our anger and fears, and to seek Your peace and presence. Help us to hear clearly what it is You have to say to us. Send Your Spirit upon us, once again, that we may discover Your truth at work in our world. Amen.