Today is Election Day in the United States. Today Americans will decide who will hold the highest office in the land for the next 4 years. It has been a passionate and contentious campaign. I am confident that regardless of the outcome tomorrow there will be groups who are applauding a new day for America and others who are prophesying her downfall.
The big question for me becomes, how does this election and American politics in general affect me as a Christian? Stated another way, how emotionally involved should I be in the outcome of this election? Honestly, I don’t think I should be emotionally involved in this process at all. I have heard words like hope, peace, security, happiness, freedom, and reconciliation all bantered around by the various campaigns with each side making promises that their side would give us these things. Amazingly in the context of how often politicians keep their promises the people including Christians are buying the rhetoric. I think placing our hopes on the promises of politicians borders on idolatry. We are made to worship, and God commands us to worship Him alone. God tells us that hope, peace, security, freedom, and reconciliation come from Him alone.
All this being said, what is the Christian obligation to the electoral process? For me, I vote. I submit to the laws of the land and exercise her associated freedoms. I recognize the many sacrifices of the Americans before me who have given their lives so that American freedom would endure. However, when I am doing these things I am always mindful of another sacrifice. That is the sacrifice of Jesus, who gave His life willingly to usher in a permanent kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven, and to allow me to be reconciled to the Father so that my hope, peace, security, happiness, freedom, and reconciliation would not rest on people or ideas or citizenships that will ultimately pass away but rather will rest on the One who made me.
Go Vote! Worship God!
Peace and Blessings.