The day is finally here. Another election season is almost over. You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief. The election season is always crazy but I think we can all agree that this one in particular has been extremely outrageous. We’ve all heard people who are freaking out over the potential outcome however, I have an unusual peace. Wednesday we will have a newly elected President but more importantly, we will still have the same King – King Jesus. God will still be in charge. Never before has His power depended on a president or king and it will not on November 9th.
In fact, Psalm 146:3 says, “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.” The only help we have is from God Himself and He will never let us down.
Does that mean we should just ignore the election? Sit this one out? Absolutely not, there is too much at stake. I believe there are three things we, as Christ followers must do:
The first thing we must do is pray. Paul urges us in 1 Timothy 2:1 that, “petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and those in authority…” when was the last time you prayed for those in authority? I don’t know about you, but when I read that verse I was convicted that I don’t pray for our President, state or local leaders the way I should. Let me challenge you to take time this week to pray for our President, each of the candidates and their families. Pray that the Holy Spirit would reach their hearts and work through them so that as the rest of the verse explains, we as a people can “live in godliness and holiness.” Our prayers can make a difference. God can do more in seconds than man can do in centuries.
The second thing we must do is vote. Great men and women have died so that we could remain a free democracy. You must exercise your freedom to make your voice heard. We all wish our options were different but the reality is they aren’t and there are many issues to consider. Issues of religious freedom, the rights of the unborn, as well as racial and immigration issues that will be affected by this election outcome. Make sure you know where the candidates stand on these issues because their decisions will affect generations to come. I think we have become so distracted by their personalities that we have overlooked the platforms on which they stand. Know what each candidate stands for and then ask yourself if those things resound with the heart of God. Notice I said, “God’s heart,” not yours. This isn’t about what your “conscience” says. It’s about what God says in His word. Psalm 119:105 reminds us that God’s word is a “lamp for our feet and a light for our path.” When we don’t know which way to go, His word will light the way.
The third thing we must do is honor. Regardless of whether the candidate you vote for gets elected or not, you must show honor to our new president. In Romans 13:7, Paul says we are to “give respect and honor to those who are in authority.” When Paul wrote these words Nero was the emperor. Nero was one of the most wicked leaders that ever ruled Rome and Paul commands Christians in Rome to honor those in authority. We also need to honor one another. It’s tragic to see families and friends so divided or torn apart over this election. Let’s be unified in the important things and get on the side of Jesus together. We as the church have the responsibility and opportunity to model unity and love, even in the season that is being defined by criticism and deep division. This doesn’t mean we will agree on everything, but it does mean that even in our diversity, we will make the conscious decision to be committed to the community of believers because we know that our unity is not a peripheral issue. Rather, it is central to the work of Christ in the world. So let’s model the love of our Savior and let’s be a light in the darkness.