What’s Your Party?
Regardless of what country you live in, there will be at least one political party, and usually many to choose from. People who read and follow the Bible often affiliate with a particular party in order to best align their politics with the Bible. What’s interesting is they can read the same book and reach different conclusions about which party to join. This, I think, points to the diversity of the Bible—and the God behind it—as much to the varied interpretations of its readers.
But setting politics aside, what if there was a life party, a holistic philosophy that covered everything? Might you join a compelling life party? I have.
In the Amplified Bible, Jesus invites people to “side with my party.” This wasn’t about politics, but about life. When Jesus calls people to do this, it usually accompanies phrases such as “be my disciple” and “follow me.” Other supporting thoughts include “take up your cross,” “forsake everything,” “identify with me,” “leave everything,” and “join with me.”
Being part of Jesus’ party isn’t about politics; it’s about all of life. It’s not an opinion to be held, it‘s about a complete, all-in, sold-out commitment to side with him.
Will you side with his party?
[Biblical references to Jesus’ party (and a few others, too)]
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.