Election Day Thoughts

So here we are.  After a two year election season in the United States, it all comes down to today as millions across the US head to the polls to vote for their choice for President and Vice-President.  It has been a fascinating and historic campaign on all sides.  People on all sides have been passionate and interested like no other election in my lifetime.  So as the day begins, here are some thoughts:

1 – No matter who wins, Christians should pray.

When George W. Bush was elected President, Christians rallied around him.  He professed Christianity and said he prayed and looked to God for direction.  Presidential prayer teams were formed to pray daily for the President.  Frequently in churches across the nation prayers were made for President Bush and his family – that God would bless him, help him, and guide him.  In light of this I have been thinking lately – had Al Gore won in 2000, would all of this had happened still?  It should have – perhaps even more.  But it should have nonetheless.  So whether Obama or McCain wins this year – Christians must pray.

I Timothy 2:1-3 – First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior

2 – No matter who wins, the Church is united.

Something that is unique about no other group in the world is found in the Church of God.  From Pentecost until now, people from all races, nations, and faces have united under the Lordship of Jesus.  While partisanship exists outside in the world, it should not and cannot exist within the body of Christ.  Historically we know that the church Jesus began brought together people once divided – Jews and Gentiles, men and women, freeman and slaves, young and old, and black and white.  To have division based on republican and democratic ideas would be breaking the unity that Jesus was determined to establish.  Sure we have differing opinions on various things currently going on in the world, but those things must become secondary to our unification under Christ.  The church should be the place in this world where outsiders can look in and see people from all backgrounds, races, and political leanings coming together united as citizens of something entirely different and new – the coming Kingdom of God.

Galatians 3:28-29 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

3 – No matter who wins, God is sovereign

Finally, we cannot forget who is ultimately the king of the universe.  God is in charge.  Though nations and rulers will rise and fall, the LORD rules from the heavens.  Perhaps you will find out that “your choice” for ruler of the United States does not win when the results finally come in, you must trust that the LORD is still on the throne.  And if you hear that “your choice” is elected tomorrow, you must not look to them as your savior or the one who will be your help.  Those characteristics belong to God alone.  Though we live in the United States, the UK, or elsewhere, we long for the city whose builder and maker is God, our true home.  Its important for that not to be confused amidst the whirlwind of this latest election.  We are in need of Jesus to be our President and King as much today as we will tomorrow.

Daniel 7:13-14, 27 – I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven one like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.  And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed…Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.

So, in light of all of this, perhaps we can use today and the next few months of transition until the inauguration and into the next administration to tell the world who it is we really want to rule and lead the world – Jesus the Messiah!  Use this election as an opportunity to preach the gospel about God’s coming rule and reign in righteousness and peace.  May that day come quickly!


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