Electing one candidate or the other is not going to usher in the apocalypse or cause God to speed up His plans for the end of days. From the way some people talk, it seems they believe that our future actually hinges on the outcome of this election. That’s it…God’s sitting up in heaven saying, “Ok, if Obama wins, I’m gonna nuke the whole planet, but if Romney wins, I’ll let things slide for another decade.” Look at what God says:
“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.” (Isaiah 46:9-10)
God’s plans are established and He will do what He wants to do. He doesn’t need us to elect one candidate or the other. Scripture says not to worry about the future! We don’t get to exercise selective memory loss and ignore scripture during election season. Yet, so many Christians have panic in their hearts and fear in their eyes. God is sovereign and His plans are going to be carried out. Period.
I’ve also talked to Christians who can barely contain their disdain for people on the other side of the political spectrum. It’s sad to see Americans demonize and slander those who don’t agree with their political convictions. We allow each other freedom of conviction on many personal issues, but when it comes to politics, we start sharpening our daggers.
When scripture says, “love your enemy…” that includes the way you talk. If you’ve been spewing hate about people who disagree with you, you’re sinning and you need to confess. Some people are immature and uneducated and may be lacking wisdom. Since when did this surprise us, Church? We open our doors to the spiritually lost and welcome them into our services each week. We’re not shocked when people lack wisdom except during election season, when instead of loving the immature, we slam them for their opinions.
God is not a member of your political party. There are people in both major parties that love God. At the same time, neither party is waving the banner of the gospel or aiming to further the kingdom of God. This is not a struggle of Good vs. Evil, so don’t exaggerate the stakes. Regardless of which candidate wins, we’ll still be living in a fallen world. We’ll still need “hope and change,” and that hope and change will still only come through Christ.
After you vote on Tuesday, you should feel good that you exercised your right. Voting is a privilege and an important responsibility. As you sit at home and watch the results come in, try to resist the urge to be discouraged or elated based on the results. Just as you shouldn’t live in fear of an unfavorable outcome, you shouldn’t place false hope in a preferred outcome.
Here’s what’s concerning: we can’t help but notice the emotional and financial output of Christians during election season. We see bumper stickers in our church parking lots, volunteering, social media posts, and heated debate. I can’t help but wonder, “Where does all this energy go in between election seasons?” What would happen if Christians lived out the Great Commission with the same level of intensity? Why are we not equally passionate about spreading the gospel and making disciples of Jesus!?
Do you care more about who gets elected president than the fact that people are lost and alienated from God? Do your actions reflect this? Would you put a Jesus sign in your front yard? Would you give your money to God’s campaign? Would you passionately talk about God’s love with your lost co-workers in the break room? After the election, let’s refocus this energy where it belongs…
Breathe deeply, hug your family, and relax…because God is in control. His plans will come to pass today, tomorrow, and forevermore.