We are now less than a week from Election Day. This Sunday Nov. 6th I am encouraging everyone to wear purple to church as a symbol of our allegiance not to a political party or platform or candidate but to Christ our King. In the Bible, purple was associated with royalty; kings wore purple robes, as purple dye from mollusks was expensive to obtain and produce and thus reserved for only the highest of society. In John we read how after the Roman soldiers flogged Jesus they put a crown of thorns and a purple robe on him, mocking him as “King of the Jews.” And yet, they were actually more right than they ever realized. Jesus did come as King, but his Kingdom was not geographical but eternal; his Kingdom was not political but spiritual. Jesus came to rule over our hearts and lives, and his call on us is to know him as Savior and Lord.
If we belong to him, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and ought to live as such. Paul says we are Christ’s ambassadors. An ambassador is one who represents their homeland while living in another country. That’s who we are as Christians; we represent Christ while we are here on earth, and every moment of every day should be lived with him in mind. Every conversation, every decision, every action, may I say even every vote, happens through the lens of Christ and his call to love God and love neighbor. So whether you plan to vote red, blue, or whatever color is represented by third parties, may you do so with a purple mind and a Christ-centered heart.