Religion And Politics
Two disciples, Matthew and Simon, were from two different political backgrounds. One worked for the government and the other worked against the government. They were both followers of Jesus and didn’t let their differences come between them. They had a common interest that was bigger than anything they disagreed on.
Today, any difference of opinion will immediately begin to cause tension. We live in a world where our own opinions are right and everyone else’s opinions are wrong. Those who agree with me are on my side and those who disagree are against me. I can instantly unfriend someone who posts something on social media that I disagree with.
Our two-party (Republican and Democrat) political system demands that we pick a party that shares most of the opinions and ideas that we agree with. This is important because the government controls the majority of our lives, despite the fact that we live in a country that boasts about the “freedoms” we have. The downfall to this system is that we aren’t going to agree 100% on every hot button topic regardless of which party we choose. That is life.
Perhaps Jesus knew that the disciples, coming from various walks of life, would disagree. He chose real people. People like you and me. Rich, poor, educated, uneducated, political activists, and tax collectors. He chose people that can agree and disagree on different topics but still get along because of a common interest.
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