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Following Jesus To the Polls
- May 10, 2016
- Wells Thompson
Who are you voting for? Oh, am I not supposed to ask that? Wait, you did know that we’re in the midst of one of the, if not the craziest elections ever?
I’m going to make this short and sweet, so hang with me!
Maybe you hate politics, like me, and just cringe at the word. Yes, that’s right, I hate politics. Even though I was a political science major, I truly can’t stand it. I majored in Political Science by default. I couldn’t get into the business school at Wake because I goofed around my freshman year. So I chose Poly Sci because it’s applicable to life, plus my dad and brother majored in it (and they’re rock-stars).
Truly I don’t know much about politics and don’t remember much from school. I do believe we should be informed though. I do believe that we should have an opinion. And I do believe that we should care about our country and the people living in it. As well as every other country and every other people in the world.
There are three things that I’m dead certain about when it comes to our President.
No matter who wins, Christ still reigns (with His feet up).
That’s right! You think Jesus is worried? NEVER! You think He’s in control? ALWAYS!Don’t believe for one second that God is losing control, has lost control, or will ever lose control!
As Christians our mission is not to change the world through political mandate, but to lift high the name of Jesus. It’s our duty and privilege to stand up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Our calling is simply to follow Jesus!
Know what you believe.
And if you don’t know, seek truth. Where can you do this? The Bible. Ask questions. Do your homework. But I beg you not to let any news host or political “expert” be your foundation for what you believe. Theyre human and flawed. God’s not – nuff said! You can make a difference. Please don’t ever believe the lie that you can’t. That comes straight from the pits of hell.
My tendency, because I don’t like politics is to remain disengaged. And chalk it up to “Jesus is in control.” Which He is. But we still have a responsibility to use what He’s given us for the good of others and His glory. This makes me think about the difference between sins of commission and sins of omission. If you know what you ought to do and don’t do it, that’s omission (James 4:17). BY commission is doing something that you know is wrong. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us that just as we must be careful with our words, we must also be careful with our silence: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of people, but for the appalling silence of others.”
Pray for our country and leaders.
Regardless of who wins the election, we should pray for them. Whether you like them or not. No matter how many times Trump degrades somebody, or how many times Hilary lies, or how many times Bernie acts like Bernie, we should pray for them. Our president, even if it was Tim Tebow cannot save us (I love you Tim). But God can. And He knew that we’d need saving before the creation of the world. He hears our prayers. And “the prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with (James 5:16).”
Time will tell soon enough who will lead the United States of America. As for Jesus, He already knows what’s going to happen. He’s not a Republican or a Democrat. He certainly can’t be classified as merely a liberal or conservative. He’s much greater, bigger, higher, deeper and better than our highest thoughts! So remain encouraged, “remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The LORD is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other (Deuteronomy 4:39).” We are to be faithful to Him no matter who’s elected!