Elections bring out the best and the worst of us
It is amazing to watch how some people view and participate in the electoral process. The views and slogans that are expressed run from doom and gloom to a chicken in every pot. The political process is a window on the collective soul of our nation and it shows us for what we really are.
As I look into this political window, I see some things that give me pause. For instance, there are many Christians who are genuinely anxious about the outcome of this election. While it is important to be concerned and involved, to be anxious about elections is misguided. Christians have a higher and better citizenship that should hold their allegiance.
I have watched with great interest the actions of many involved in the Tea Party movement. These people are not extremists but people who care deeply about their country. Unfortunately many of these people believe the power over their lives rests in Washington D.C. While it is true that the government is powerful and it is out of control, it is a drop in the bucket and a pawn in the grand narrative of God’s sovereign plan.
As you go to vote and then hurry home to watch the returns, let me encourage you with the following truth from God’s word:
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.
(Proverbs 21:1 ESV)
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)