Your hope is in Jesus, not election day1
This morning, bright and early around 5am as I ran on the treadmill, the TVs at the gym were already flashing commentary on the latest poll for the election. All the news anchors, with focused eyes and grave faces gave their opinion on which political party may come out on top. Our president has been relentlessly traveling all over, holding rallies to boost the GOP’s vote. Former and present key democratic figures have been doing similar things.“The future of our nation hangs on the balance,” they say. In fact, just this morning the governor of Illinois released a statement saying, “this is the most important election of our lifetime.” (https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/370794276-video).
Christians, please remember that voting is important. It’s something you must count a privilege.
Christians, please remember that voting is important. We have an unique opportunity in a democratic republic where we actually have a say in the government that rules us. Our governing authorities are ministers of God, says Paul in Romans 13:6. And knowing God is sovereign over all things, we still have a part to play in a divine institution. So it is important to be informed and to vote accordingly. It’s something you must count a privilege.
But please know this: they will always tell you why any current election is the most important in our lifetimes. The news anchors will be grave and serious once again. Don’t be caught up in it. Remember that ultimately, regardless of whatever the outcome is, and whether the people you think should have been voted in wins or loses, remember: you are first a citizen of God’s Kingdom. That is your primary citizenship. That is where your primary allegiance lies. No political party or vote can ultimately “save” any nation, or bring some messianic overturn to restore us to a sublime existence where all of our political problems will finally be solved.
Next election will be just as important as the last. There will still be political problems then, just as there were yesterday. Vote as to how you see fit.
But know that your hope is in Jesus, and not the ballot box.
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