The Presidential Campaign certainly is a lively one this time around. It appears that many evangelicals like Donald Trump for all the wrong reasons and dislike Hillary Clinton for all the right reasons which will lead to voting based on the one hand, pride, and on the other hand, fear and loathing.
As we watch this present spectacle leading ultimately to fiasco, we should be reminded that Barrack Obama once signaled the “end-of-the-world” for many of us and, hey, we’re still here.
Now we all wish that things were different and that all the candidates were so dedicated to Jesus that we would have to make our choice based on a platform nuance rather than our own arrogance or anxiety. But that is just not going to be the case this year. So while many of the folks around you defend their choices with illogical and uninformed rhetoric, relax. It will not be the end of the world no matter who gets elected.
Remember the King
I’m thinking that the end result is going to be embarrassing simply because it already is. And do not misread my words to think that I am being passive in all of this; I only want to comfort the few who are caught up with making all of this more important than it really is. I just want every Christian to operate under the fact that Jesus is the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords. Our primary and all powerful leader is not up for election and has no term limits.
Jesus is at the right hand of God Almighty and He watches over all the citizens of His heavenly kingdom. That fact makes me confident and should temper all of our thoughts toward a perfect peace. Jesus is in control of every dictator, prime minister, and president. And here you might say, “Well Laurence, you are really just preaching to the choir. We all know this already.” And it is here that I would readily admit that I am fully aware of who my audience is and simply add, “Well if you believe that, then act like it.”
God’s people dwell in many lands and under different governments and this has always been the case except for around a precious few hundred years of history where they were under the direct governing hand of God. But in every era, God’s people have had God as their ultimate authority and if the Bible teaches us anything, it reveals that there is no godforsaken place on the planet where a Christian dwells.
By providence and also because of chastening, our King sends into the lives of His people (for their ultimate good and His glory): flood, illness, blight, and ridiculous politicians.
Not Passive but Peaceful
We pray for prosperity and peace, as we well should, but we should pray more, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done of earth.” Jesus prayed this prayer knowing that the government representing Jehovah and the government representing Caesar were both going to be complicit in His execution. Knowing that these ignorant and evil officials were going to affect His life, terminally, Jesus still prayed that God would have His way in all things. That is not being passive, that is being peaceful.