A Message to the People of Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas
from Mark DeYmaz in Advance of this Year’s Presidential Election
Delivered at Mosaic on Sunday, November 1, 2020
“Faith is confidence in things hoped for, conviction of things not yet seen. For by it, the elders that came before us bore witness to God by the way they lived and died. (Heb 11:1-2)
- “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (Heb 11:8-10)
- By faith… Abel, Enoch, Noah, Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, and countless other men and women of which this world was not worthy…
- “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who live by faith show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking primarily as citizens ofa country on earth, they had opportunity to remain. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Heb 11:13-16)
It is with this city in mind, the Apostle Paul writes to the saints in Philippi:
“For our citizenship is in the heavens, beyond this world, and we eagerly await a Savior who will come from that place.” (Philippians 3:20)
Until then, he further instructs:
“(Jesus) has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation that we are to advance on His behalf. We are to live as ambassadors for Christ, as if God was making an appeal (to others) through us… ‘Be reconciled to God and to one another.’” (2 Cor 5:19, 20; see also Luke 10:27)
This is what Jesus did.
Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus Christ reconciled us to God and to one another. In so doing, He well represented the kingdom of God and His heavenly Father.
This, then, is His expectation of us, as well: that we represent Christ well (both as individuals and collectively, as a church) by what we say, buy the way we live our lives and conduct ourselves, etc., the values of God’s kingdom, namely…
Thus, men and women of Christ-centered faith are not only to pray Thy kingdom come, but to live and act in such a way as to encourage Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Now, individually, many of us are United States citizens, too... and among other things, it is our right to vote.
Collectively, however, this church is not itself a citizen of the United States and thus we do not endorse people, parties or platforms. Rather during each election cycle, we do as we’ve been tasked by the Word of God: we pray for our leaders and uphold God’s kingdom values.
So, this morning, we want you to know that no matter how you vote or have voted in this year’s election; no matter with what party you are aligned; no matter the outcomes of this presidential election cycle, we – the leaders and people of Mosaic - will be here for you.
For whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden are elected President of the United States on November 3, 2020…
- Jesus will still be on the throne; and
- You and I, together with our families and the people of this community, will still have needs; and
- Therefore, Mosaic will remain on mission… in His service and in yours.
- Those who are homeless will remain outside our doors and in need of care;
- Immigrants seeking a better life for their children will need help navigating the complexities of our legal system;
- At-risk children from the neighborhood will need the love and support of Georgia Morris using chess to train their minds and the Word of God to shape their hearts;
- Mothers and their children will still need food;
- Trump and Biden supporters alike will need to know Jesus as their Savior… they too will need love, care, and a purpose for living that transcends politics;
Make no mistake, then: even after the election, Trump and Biden supporters alike will be unconditionally loved, served, and welcomed here, at this church.
So, in this moment, let us pray for Tuesday’s election and for this country’s leaders both now and next; that the values of God’s kingdom will guide our words and conduct in the days and weeks ahead; and that in the months ahead, we will represent Christ well as individuals and collectively, as a church… the people and passion of Mosaic.