Vote as Though Not Voting
I for one understand the temptation to make the presidential election an idol. Whatever side of the political aisle you fall on, it’s all too easy to believe that if “the other guy” wins the country as we know it is doomed. Of course, the opposite danger is equally true. It’s all too easy to believe that if your guy wins the country will be set to rights. This false messianism is naive and anti-scriptural. Keep yourself from idols (1 Jn. 5:21).
This is an important election, but it’s not ultimate. That balance is key. Too often Christians mistakenly think the only two categories of importance are ultimate importance and no importance at all. This isn’t true to Scripture and it’s not true to life. This election is important. The economic health of this country for the foreseeable future and a host of related issues are at stake. Christians should vote squarely on their biblical convictions, asking which candidate will further the common good for the nation. This is no small task. And yet God’s kingdom is greater than the United States of America. God is sovereign over all economies and all social crises. He works all things after the council of his will (Eph. 1:11). So voting is important, but we need a healthy distance from political idolatry. Vote, but vote as though you were not voting, for the present form of this world is passing away (cf. 1 Cor. 7:30-31).
Lord willing, tonight we’ll we have a winner, and it’s our Christian duty to pray for those in positions of leadership (Rom. 13:1, 1 Tim. 2:1-2, 1 Pet. 2:13, 17). May the sovereign Lord be glorified in this election, and may He use the next president as His instrument of justice and righteousness.
As followers of “The Way” let’s recognize the authority and rule of our president, whoever he may be, as a flickering and faint pointer to the King who will one day rule with perfect and absolute justice, peace, and righteousness, the Lord Jesus Christ.