Today is Election Day in the America. The nation cast a ballot on many people and issues but most importantly, the nation will elect a person to serve the next four years as President of the USA. The person elected will either be the incumbent, the current President, Barack Obama or a new President, who then most likely will be Governor Mitt Romney.
As a Christian, I have very mixed thoughts about this election. In one sense I understand the purpose behind such a democratic purpose. I realize that whoever is elected to serve as the President has a very important role that has global implications for the world. So in keeping with the instructions in scripture to pray for those who govern the nations (cf. 1 Tim 2:1-2), my prayer is that whoever is elected will govern in such a way that America and the rest of the world will be a place of justice and peace according to the will of God.
But in another sense, as one who understands life through the lens of the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is so much that is concerns me… even disturbs me. I have listened as the two dominant political parties and their nominated candidates campaigned as though the world turns on what happens with this election. I have listened as professing Christians sounded more like Democrat and Republican spokespersons than witnesses of Jesus Christ… all the while, as the gospel of Jesus Christ is increasingly kept hidden underneath a basket otherwise known as a church building that Christian gather in to worship God and profess faith in Jesus Christ. Surely something is wrong with this picture! I have literally been told by another Christian that voting as a Christian is a clear choice, as one choice is a vote against God while the other vote is a vote for God. But sometimes I wonder if this is all just a repeat of Israel’s rejection of God when they demanded that Samuel appoint them a king (cf. 1 Sam 8:4-9).
Yet I will not fear and neither should you. We can be thankful that as vitriolic as the rhetoric of election campaigns can be, America is still a place where elections and transitions of leadership are made with a vote rather than guns and tanks. But that is not why I will not fear.
I will not fear, no matter the outcome of the election, because I believe that in Christ, God reigns victoriously over all that is. I believe that God is at work in all things, things good and bad, bringing history to it’s destiny where this old age will give way to the new heaven and new east in which God and his people will dwell together among creation once again as it once was in the beginning.
So no matter what the outcome is, on this election day… God wins!
To him who is able to keep [us] from stumbling and to present [us] before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, though Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
– Jude 24-25