Jesus and Elections…
As many of you are well aware, the midterm elections were on Tuesday. Many stayed up late into the night awaiting the results. As it turns out, the Democrats gained the majority in the House, and the Republicans maintained their majority in the Senate.
What do we do now? First, the Bible calls us to pray for those in authority (Romans 13:1). Regardless of whether our party of preference is in office, God’s Word calls us to faithfully pray.
Second, and to quote Chuck Colson, “The Kingdom of God will not arrive on Air Force One.” Our hope does not rest in the success of one political party over another. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats in our two-party system have God’s anointed blessing over the other. Our call is to live for the Kingdom of God that is here, but not yet in its fullness. Our first loyalty is not to a political party. As a veteran, I love our nation and flag and all that it represents. But again, our first loyalty is not to this nation or to a political party, but to our God of unfailing love. The Kingdom of God calls for our first allegiance.
And finally, let’s remember that we are the people of God called to love one another. We have some among us who cannot understand how one can be a Christian and a Democrat at the same time. Yet, next to us in the pew is a brother or sister in Christ who cannot understand how one can be a Christian and a Republican at the same time. There are good and godly Democrats, and good and godly Republicans, and good and godly people who vote Independent or otherwise.
Politics should never divide the people of God. Our hearts are united around a vision to look, live, and love like Jesus. Our hearts are united around a mission to be and make disciples of Jesus that love God and neighbor. Our hearts are united around a strategy to live this out through Worship (our love for God), Community (our love for one another), and Service (our love for the world).
“I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each new day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing—Jesus! “…But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” (Hebrews 7:19)
A better hope.