We are days away from a historic night in our country. When November 8th ends, we will have elected a new president to lead our nation. It may be the first time we have elected a woman. It may be the first time we have elected an inexperienced politician. And it’s the first time in my lifetime where it seems we may lose no matter who wins. Either way, when we wake up on November 9th, we will have a new leader in Washington.
All of America is very troubled by all of the chaos surrounding this election. Our country is so divided on so many different levels. There is hate and anger in an unprecedented fashion. This election seems to be destroying the idea of strength and unity in our diversity. We seem to be committed to destruction from within.
But even more painful is the division I am seeing in the body of Christ. I’ve read so many posts on Facebook and Twitter in this election season and they have often not reflected the heart of God or the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I’ll throw this out there. I have voted Republican all of my life, and all the while I have very good friends who vote for the candidate of the Democratic party. I’ve heard some say, “How can you be a Christian and vote for a Democrat?” While I agree there are some biblical values that I stand on that are simply contrary to the things like abortion and same-sex marriage, but for me to say people who vote democrat are not Christians is simply impossible. It is also outright insulting to the blood of Jesus Christ. The last time I checked, the blood of Jesus and our confession of Him as our Savior makes one a believer. Not their political preference. And that will never change.
As Christians, I do believe we should vote first and foremost based on biblical values and not our wallets, or anything else for that matter. However, the enemy seems to be using this election to create so much division in the body of Christ, that we may not ever recover. I have no problem with every person expressing their views. But to do so with so much anger and so little love, we are only hurting our testimony in a world that needs to see Jesus so desperately.
Rest assured of this. The Savior of the world doesn’t ride on an elephant or a donkey! He will one day ride on a horse and the whole world will see Him. Until then, it is our responsibility to make sure the world sees Him in our everyday lives, in spite of our political preference.
Changing the world doesn’t happen with political power. Changing the world begins with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our commitment to sharing it.
I’ll conclude with this. The world will not end because a Republican or a Democrat hold the office of President. The world will end only when God says it will end. And since He is the One who put it all in place, I’ll keep trusting Him till He decides it’s over. Today, and on November 9th and even everyday after that, He reigns supreme and controls it all!