special days, special lessons

Election Day

Today, November 8, 2016, is a pretty important day for our country. It’s been building for such a long time that I was beginning to feel like the election process would never end. But today is the day – the day the future of America will be decided. Okay, that may be a little dramatic. Really, this whole political season has been quite dramatic. (Now that I think about it, I think we hear every four years that the future of America hinges on this election. I guess the future starts over every four years.) Today’s election does not signal the beginning or the end of it all. God created this world in the beginning, and he already knows the final date of existence as we know it. I feel like there might be a little too much pressure and emphasis put on a single election day. Now, don’t get me wrong – I think we should each exercise our right to vote and if you passionately support a candidate, then you should work hard to share your passion with others. But this election is not the only thing determining our future, at least not mine. I believe in a God who is SO much bigger than the United States presidential election. I believe that he sent his son to die on the cross so that my personal relationship with the God of the universe is possible. I have trusted my life to Christ, and he governs me more than any president ever will.

This morning, I read Colossians 1:17-18, “He (Christ) is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” What a powerful reminder of Christ’s supremacy on this Election Day. In Christ, all things hold together. That’s not a campaign slogan, it’s the truth. Even when we look at the political mess and division in our country, when we place our faith in Christ, we can be assured that he won’t let us fall apart. In everything, Christ has supremacy. Christ is superior to even the president of the United States. This same idea is addressed in Ephesians 1:19-21. “…That power is the same as the mighty strength he (God) exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” Again, such reassurance in that verse. I feel like Paul is writing to you and me for this exact moment of political uncertainty in our country. This is what I hear:  

God’s power, which he put on display when he raised his son from the dead, is shared with Jesus Christ. That power is far above all authority on earth, not just during Christ’s life on earth, but at this very moment in Election 2016 and for every day God has planned. A power far above any president, justice, senator, or representative. Ultimately, Christ has the power, shared only with God, over all things both in heaven and earth; all things in the past, the present, and the future.

When I look at this election from an eternal perspective, I realize that my vote in this election may or may not matter, but my choice to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior does matter and will matter for far longer than a four-year term. It is a decision that impacts eternity. So… while I did do my civic and earthly duty as a U.S. citizen by voting, I return from the voting booth not praying that certain candidates get elected, but that we as a nation elect to follow God. That we put our trust in him who is far more powerful than any earthly leader.

Prayer

Lord, today I pray for the people of our country. That they may find true hope and change in you, the God of eternity, instead of in a simple human campaigning for votes. I praise you, Lord, and am in awe when I think of the power and supremacy you have. I pray that you bless your people here on earth and give us the courage to stand up for your name and serve you.

Amen.

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