So it comes to an end. In a few short hours, if we are lucky, this year’s election will be over. None too soon for me. Not that I don’t get a kick out of it. I’ve seen House of Cards. This would have been even more entertaining if it wasn’t real life.
I’ve watched the news these last months more than I would like to admit. I’m a political junky. I tell myself to turn away. Don’t watch! It doesn’t work. It’s like driving by a car wreck and telling yourself not to look. I can’t help it.
I do not take public positions on political issues or candidates, though I will at times speak on what are moral issues. My voice on who to vote for isn’t helpful and rarely furthers the gospel, to which I have devoted my life to sharing. Frankly, God gave you reason, common sense, and the ability to think for yourself. He has placed in your hands His word. Let your faith and prayer guide you. I trust you can make your own judgement.
What we forget as followers of Jesus is no matter who is elected president, we have a King who is in charge! We should care deeply about our country and who is leading it. Whoever wins, we should pray for him or her. Paul himself wrote, “all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Romans 13:1 NLT. But even if this election ushers in the end times (which I suspect it will not), we can be assured of who is ultimately in charge. God is God. He’s got this. He’s got our back. And if it is His judgement that the direction of our country should not be what I want or you want…well, I suspect He knows best. I know He has listened to and heard my prayers. But the last I’ve checked my cel phone and email, He still has not asked for my advice. What He does ask is that I strive today to love Him and love others. To do so is to engage in the earthly politics, no matter how unseemly. And, though I’m in this world, to remember that the one we worship is the King. The King of kings (and presidents) and the Lord of lords.
All this said, let’s pray for our country and world tonight. Things are unsettled. Then, let’s get up tomorrow morning and work to make it a little bit of a better place.
See you at the Lighthouse,