I’ll be out of pocket on election day, so I thought I’d remind you of a few simple things as election day draws near. First, I’m not a big political activist. In fact, I am very disenchanted with both political parties and our political leaders. There are so many things in my life that hold more eternal importance to me. However, I know the importance of Christians being involved in this process, praying for God’s wisdom, and voting accordingly. Nonetheless, I wish most Christians would have the same passion for sharing Jesus with people as they do in sharing their political views.
I’ve never been more discouraged with how I see so many Christians treating politics these days. Too many Christians are responding, with what I feel, is hate and fear. If I feel this way, how much more would a lost person feel? If I did not know better, I would think Christians believed our eternal hope is somehow tied to our political systems.
As we approach Tuesday, here are 10 things to simply keep in mind. (I think you will agree with these they are simply here to remind us as the Election Day approaches.)
- We are citizens of the Kingdom of God first and citizens of America second.
- The United States is not the Kingdom of God.
- Our loyalty is to King Jesus first and foremost. Our allegiance is never to a political party or a candidate.
- Party affiliation is not a test of eternal security. I have many “liberal” friends who stand securely in the righteousness of Jesus, just like me.
- Our hope is in the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary not the final ballot box on Tuesday.
- “Win or Lose” God will continue to sovereignly reign on His throne. We will never give the impression to a lost world that our hope is somehow tied to a political outcome. God will not be waiting with wringing hands to see the outcome of Tuesday’s election. He already knows. His man or woman will win on Tuesday.
- “Win or Lose” we will never allow our responses to be motivated by fear or hate but always by love and compassion.
- Facebook will not be the avenue Christians will use to launder their political thoughts and positions.
- We will faithfully pray for whichever candidate wins.
- People, illegal or legal, are not political pawns but people God has given us to love and reach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
On Wednesday, November 7th, our greatest concern, as it is every day, will be to shine brightly for Jesus Christ and represent Him well in a crooked and depraved generation. I know this is a very hot-button issue. Go to the polls and vote for whomever God’s leads you to vote. Don’t be afraid if the “other” candidate wins; by all means, don’t let the world think, even for a moment, our eternal hope is tied to the election. One other thing, unless it’s kind and to affirm the winning candidate, don’t say anything on Facebook for a few days. Remember, there will be a lot of scared and hurt people on Wednesday. Let’s not add to their pain.
Finally, no matter the outcome, BE KIND, CHURCH.
So what do you think? Let me know your thoughts.