E-Update: Who Can Separate Us?

by Pastor Mike Carlson, Lead Pastor

(posted 11/6/2018)
Hello everybody. Michael D. CarlsonInstead of a traditional E-update today, I wanted to do this as a Bible study. If you have a minute go ahead and open up your Bibles to Romans 8 and let’s start with verse 36.

I want to spend just a minute today looking at a Christian perspective concerning today’s election results, whatever they may be. It’s been said that many people in our country tonight will have a feeling of disappointment. It seems as if there’s a great divide in our country and that people are experiencing a polarization — left and right, liberal and conservative. All over the place there seem to be Christian undertones on how we should understand this time.

I want to go to Romans and take a look:
As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is from the perspective of the early Christian church and how they feel connected to one another. And and I’m really struck with verse 37 that starts with the word “no.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers —

Now, in your Bible it says rulers and maybe you have a different translation or a different word there. I’m going to pull out the word ruler and put it in the word politicians or politics.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor politicians, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This phrase separate us — it’s plural and there’s two things that come to mind. First it’s us as individuals. These things — angels or demons or politicians — can’t separate us as individuals from God. The second is us as a collective body — that we can’t be separated from one another.

The rest of Romans 8 talks about us being in the Spirit of God as Christians, that we are bound by something that can’t separate us from one another and separate us from God.

So tonight as the media or news or internet or other things try to make you feel separated from one another, I want you to start with verse 37 and say, “NO! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor politics, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God” — it doesn’t say “wrath of God” — it doesn’t say “the anger of God” — it says “the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Today, don’t be separated. Vote with passion and conviction, but don’t let any of these things separate you from the promises of God, don’t let them separate you from your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Have a good day. God bless. And vote well.