In 7 days America votes for the next President. Won’t it be wonderful when it’s over?
My feelings are well summarized in a post by blogger Bob Russell last week when he wrote, “Two things continue to disturb me about the current Presidential campaign. First, like most Americans, I am deeply troubled that the two candidates are so terribly flawed. I know there has never been a perfect candidate but this campaign is overstating the case. Someone said, “America is a country where anyone can become President and this election proves it!”
“Even more troubling to me is that Christian people are so divided over it. Believers are accusing one another of denying the faith and abandoning all sense of reason because they hold to a different opinion as to the proper response on voting day.”
Back in January, during the Primaries, we wrote about some guidelines for Christians to consider. In part, here’s a reminder with one week to go.
(1) There are Christians of all political persuasions. Republican. Democrat. Libertarian. Green party. Constitutional Party. And no party. Some vote. Some don’t. But politics should not divide Christians in an election year. Or any year.
We go to church together. Worship together. Serve the same God. We’re all bought by the blood of Jesus. We’re walking the same spiritual road and share the same hope. Let’s not allow political differences to destroy the unity for which Christ died (Gal. 3;26-28; Eph. 4:1-3).
(2) Don’t confuse patriotism with spirituality.
Loving our country does not make us more spirituality minded. Nor does our brand of patriotism make us more spiritual than others that we deem less patriotic. What makes us spiritual minded is thinking on things that are above, and not on things of the earth (Col 3:1-2). Prayer. Bible study. Fellowship. Discipleship. Worship. Outreach. Ministry. These strengthen our spiritual lives, not political activism or patriotic allegiance.
(3) Remember that your party’s political platform is not perfect.
Every four years the platform is tweaked and changed. It’s formed by ambitious and imperfect politicians. The Democrat party is not the same as it was 50 years ago. But neither is the Republican party. The only platform that is perfect is the one given by God and revealed through His infallible Word. (2 Tim. 3:26-17) And, it will provide for us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3).
(4) Stop saying “This is the most important election in the history of our nation.“
I’m hearing it. Again. In fact, I’ve said it in the past. But I was wrong. Every election has its own importance. I’ll leave the debate of the most important election to the historians. But I suggest the election of Abraham Lincoln might be difficult to beat.
Christians, however, need to be more concerned about their spiritual election by God’s grace. Be diligent. Make it sure. Stay focused. (2 Pet. 1:10-11)
(5) Pray for the elected leaders regardless of who wins.
The Bible commands prayerful respect for governmental authorities. “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Tim. 2:1-3).
Mocking, jeering, and vilifying our elected officials on facebook grieves God and is a stain on our Christianity.
(6) Your candidate is not the last, best hope for America.
Yes, I know you really like him (or her) and his (her) politics. But he’s (she’s) imperfect. He (she) doesn’t share all of your spiritual values. And if he (she) loses, America is not doomed. The best hope of America is Jesus Christ. A return to faith. And the gospel message of salvation from sin. (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor 15:1-3)
Our hope transcends the policies and politics of this country, or any other country. Furthermore, the leaders are not in control of our destiny. God is.
(7) Remember when the election is over, God will still be in control!
When the final vote is cast next Tuesday and all the ballots are counted, regardless of who’s elected President, God is still sovereign. He will continue to rule. To reign. To sit on His throne. (Ps 47:7-9)
Finally, I remember something my Dad used to say when I became too concerned about an issue or a problem. “Son, in 100 years it won’t make any difference!”
Maybe you don’t agree with this post. But I believe we can agree that it will be great to have this election over!.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman