Monday, March 14, 2016
Are You Frustrated With Our Political Choices?
I have read emails from my readers who are frustrated with our political choices for president. My question to everyone is this: Why are you surprised?
Please read Romans 13:1 to 4.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good.
Read that passage again. Paul is speaking to Christians living under ROMAN rule! And he called the leader of the land “God’s minister for good.” Why? Because God will direct us through the leader He has put over us. No matter how bad we believe our choices are, they are a heck of a lot better than Nero.
I definitely have my favorite candidate who I’m voting for. I’m looking for a person with good character who believes strongly in biblical principles. But, frankly, I don’t think “my guy” will win. But if you’re wondering whom YOU should vote for, try to think of this coming election like a job interview.
How can we “hire” someone to do evil on our behalf? That will eliminate at least half of the candidates. Would you hire a proven liar? How about a bully who doesn't play well with others? Would you hire a candidate who supports killing pre-born innocents? Our choices aren't easy are they?
This is something that I've struggled with for months and then God reminded me that I’m “just passin’ through." While I will be a good citizen for America, we as Christians know our true citizenship is in Heaven. This election just reinforces my understanding that I’m just a temporary resident representing my Savior and true Home. I’ll vote for the candidate who will allow me to the most freedom as Christ’s ambassador, but my top priority is to carry out my assignment to the best of my ability (2 Cor 5:20). WWJD is more than just a catchy saying on a wristband. As Christ’s ambassador, I have to continually ask myself, what would Jesus do?
We have to remember “the church” expands during times of trial. I’m not a masochist. I don’t want to suffer, but we have to remember that the Christian church in China flourished during the past 65 years under repressive communistic rule. Today, there are more Christians in China than there are Christians in America! Think about that!
I want a simple easy life and “suffer for Jesus at the beach,” but I know difficult times are coming for us and are already here for most of the world. Time is short and I must focus on the eternal rather than the temporal. A new president isn’t going to change much of anything. I’m trying to see this from God’s perspective. What are a few years compared to eternity?
This is why I believe The Christian Music Challenge is so important for the Christian community. It will help believers keep their minds and hearts focused on Christ and biblical values which will lead to a life of peace (Isaiah 26:3).