Before you croak on this one – hear me out. I advocate voting. I’m a registered voter. I know who I’m voting for in this election. I advocate Christian citizenship – involvement in government and its processes. I’m even working at a polling location this year. Citizens have a role to play in representative government and should be involved – know the issues and candidates. Vote your values, philosophy, and convictions. You have to determine how the candidates line up.
But, I think there’s an essential perspective check in all of the politics. Who do you trust to restore and create real change? Are you looking at Washington, yourself, or God? The morning after (the election), a portion of the nation will rejoice while another portion will mourn. I have to tell you – I think God is bigger than election days, politics and way more important than any president. God is bigger than the president of a nation. Kings and leaders come and go, but God is everlasting – forever. I trust Him and not man.
God doesn’t need a certain man in the house to influence a nation. As you read through biblical history, there are countless times when God worked through leaders who did not honor Him or call upon Him – but He worked for the good of His people.
I’m less than enthusiastic about the candidates this time around and when it comes to faith and values, neither of these men really live in my neighborhood. One holds a non-Christian faith system while the other promotes a religious hodgepodge (collection of popular thought from various religious beliefs). It’s interesting to note that perhaps one of the most devoted Christian presidents in the last fifty years was arguably one of our least effective leaders. I remember too well the odd/even days at the gas station and the hostages. So, how do you process all that?
Can you imagine if Christ followers were as passionate about the Gospel as they were about politics, how our land could be radically different? Political persuasion doesn’t change a man’s heart, only Christ does that – it’s the power of the Gospel story shared and lived. Maybe the answer to “real change” isn’t the propagation of some political framework, but gospel living by Christ followers.
It’s interesting to also note that God didn’t promise to deliver a nation when they elected a specific candidate. God promised to deliver a nation that turned in complete surrender to Him. I’m not talking about embracing a political idea, but embracing God. I’m not talking about endorsing political agenda, but making much about Jesus. You want change? It’s about Jesus and not a candidate! Too often we become numb to often quoted passages like:
I’m not dishing the importance of the election or the candidates – just think these need to be in proper perspective.