Series: United Not Divided
United With Our Politics
November 01, 2020 | Rev. Dr. Chris J. Hayes
Passage: Matthew 22:15-22
Today is All Saints Day, an opportunity to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith. As they have shared the gospel with us, may we add our voices so someone else may hear about the grace and love of Jesus Christ.
In this week's message, "United With Our Politics", Rev. Dr. Chris J. Hayes reflects on how as God's people, finding unity in the midst of differences and diversity is not just a choice we can make, but it's a calling that we have. The message is centered around Matthew 22:15-22, in which Jesus makes it quite clear that politics are not God’s primary concern: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s”. We can be united in our politics, even when voting and believing very differently, if we claim the honest truth that these things are about our opinions and desires, not God’s will. God does and will work with whoever we elect and God’s reign comes no matter what.
Joining Pastor Chris in worship are Rev. Molly Hayes and Rev. Kay Lancaster. In music, Sean Hale sings "For All the Saints" and "On Eagle’s Wings", accompanied by Dr. Jamila Javadova-Spitzberg. Our UTA singers, Ariel Hernandez, Alexis Galindo, Cesar Velez, and Trenton Hall, sing the musical benediction, "Blest Be the Tie That Binds".
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Finding unity in God’s unconditional love and grace allows us to be thankful for all of God’s children – even those who vote, believe, and think differently than we do. Christ insisted on unity of purpose, vision, and love no matter our differences. Let us journey together to find unity not division, to be united, not divided!