On Tuesday this nation will choose its next President. I am still a relatively young man. This is only the 5th time I have had the opportunity to cast my vote in a Presidential year. I cannot vouch for the years prior to 1996 as I honestly did not pay that close attention, but it seems to me that the hatred between the two parties is at an all time high. I get it, when one part nominates a Clinton (whom Republicans cannot stand) and the other nominates Trump (whom most politicians cannot stand) there was bound to be some fireworks headed into this election season. To be honest, I really don’t recall hearing too much about policies, goals, etc. I have been hearing character defamation on both sides of the aisle. Clinton has been called a liar, a murder, a cheat, corrupt, and much more. Trump has been called just about every name under the sun. Saturday Night Live, who always takes jabs at politicians, has really taken jabs at Trump. It is not just a funny quirk that they are mocking. They seem to be attacking who he is, what he looks like, how he thinks, etc. The constant bile, hatred, and angst has bled over into Christianity.
Facebook is filled with comments about Christian duty. Comments about how if you are a Christian you cannot support this candidate or that candidate. And I have seen some get down right ugly. To be honest, had I not known some of these people I would have argued that they weren’t Christians at all.
It would be nice to think that on Tuesday this will all to an end. It’s won’t. In less than a month, I will have been in Iowa for 7 years. If it has taught me anything it is that the election cycle doesn’t end. It is like football season. (pre-season, season, post-season and off-season schedules keep football around the clock). Politics are dominating our minds and hearts. Sure, we might get a break for a few months, but politicians will start creeping into Iowa to test the waters for their own presidential run starting in 2017. However wins will have half the nation supporting them and the other half talking about how our nation is falling apart. This will continue all the way through the next primary season when the next set of candidates will be determined and the hatred gets amped up again. As a Christian, what I am supposed to do?
Breathe. Remember it is just an election. This is not a matter of life and death. Neither Trump nor Clinton are proclaiming at all Christians needed to be rounded up and burned at the stake. Yes. I do understand that the next President will likely choose three justices for the Supreme Court, but that does not mean that abortion is all of a sudden going to be struck down. Since Roe v. Wade we have had 23 years of conservative Presidents (Ford, Reagan, Bush and Bush) and only 20 years of Presidents that have supported Roe v Wade (Carter, Clinton, and Obama). This is why I say breathe, even if Trump is elected it is not a guarantee that Roe v Wade will finally be overturned.
Remember. We are not voting for our savior. Neither Trump nor Clinton will save us or this nation. The power to cause a nation to rise or fall lies in the hands of God (Rom. 13). God might use one of these two persons to bring the nation down or rise it up, but they by themselves will not have that kind of power.
Rejoice,. No, do not rejoice that your candidate wins Tuesday night. Rejoice in the fact that we are citizens of a better country. “By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God (Heb 11:9-10).” By faith Abraham became pleasing unto God because he didn’t “settle” in this land. Guess what, we, by faith, will be pleasing into God when we stop thinking that being an American citizen is the best thing to happen to us. We will be pleasing unto God when we stop thinking that this nation is “God’s chosen city.” It isn’t. Never was. Never will be. The better country that Abraham looked for what not of this world. We can rejoice, knowing that we, as Christians, as citizens of a better country (Phil. 3:20).
Honor the Winner. To honor the winner is to respect the office. When Paul taught that we are to honor the king, he did not at all mean that we had to agree with the policies or personal life of the Caesar. What it meant was that we were not to rise and rebel against the king. It is fitting that right before Paul talked about the government he said, “Vengeance is mine I will repay (Rom. 12:19).” It is not your right to bring down the winner. It is your responsibility to live a peaceful and tranquil life (I Tim. 2:2).
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