I don’t have to remind you that local, state and national Election Day is close at hand. We have heard far more than we want to hear from the news media through television, radio, internet and the printed page about the candidates hoping to be elected or re-elected to office this November.
Democracy is a blessing, and voting is your right as a citizen of this great country in which we live. We have the right to cast our votes based on our personal convictions, and we should exercise this right to its fullest extent. Even if you feel that you just cannot vote for one of the candidates in the presidential race, you should still go to the polls and cast your vote for the best candidates who are running for other offices. I am thankful that there are some dedicated Christ-followers seeking to be elected into some public offices. This represents good stewardship by those individuals who are capable of being effective leaders in our local, state and national government offices.
I heard someone say recently that no political party in this presidential election is promoting their candidate as a strong Christian person. I wish that were different, but I can also remember that we have had numerous presidents and other federal, state and local leaders who served our citizens well, even though they were not professing Christians.
However, it seems that they understood and supported the separation of church and state. They did not institute practices that worked against the Church or trampled on the teachings of the Bible and the convictions of Christians. In that day, the Church was more respected within society.
Even though we love America, we must not make the mistake of equating our nation with the Church of Jesus Christ. In John 17, Jesus talked about His followers being in the world but citizens of another Kingdom. Christians should remember that first and foremost, regardless of the turnout of this election, our citizenship is in heaven. This knowledge should infiltrate our every thought and influence our every action as we seek to glorify the One who calls us to live in this world, but not of it. Without question, we are to live in obedience to Christ, even if it means we must suffer the consequences of our allegiance to Him.
The hope for our nation will not be found in getting our favored candidate elected to the office of president, nor in the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court. In Romans 13:1, the Scripture states that there is no power or authority except that which is from God, and the powers that exist are ordained by God. First Timothy 2:1-3 declares that we are to pray for all who are in places of authority because this is pleasing to God.
I do not believe that we will see the changes we desire in our nation until the Church becomes broken over sin that is present in our churches, in our land and in our hearts. God wants to send revival, but He never places it on the bargain table. We must meet Him on His terms of repentance so that He can bring renewal. Then and only then can we expect God to bless America with spiritual blessings.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” – Psalm 20:7.