Mixing Politics and Religion

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Tomorrow is Election Day. Here are a few important thoughts to remember:

Please vote, but only if you’re of age, have not been convicted of a felony, and are currently living. Yes, only vote if you’re alive. Also, please only vote once. Seriously, you should vote. We live in a country where it is legal to vote for public officials. We have a voice. We should use it.

Please don’t mistake a political sage for a personal savior. Politicians should not become functional saviors. Your politician has become a functional savior is you find yourself saying, “If (insert politician here) doesn’t get elected then I’ll lose all hope.” Our hope is not in a politician even if that politician is a good one. Our hope is in Christ. If our joy is wrapped up in our political party then it could be because our political party has become our idol.

We are first and foremost kingdom people, not party people. Faith in the person of Christ trumps political persuasion. If there is ever a choice between being faithful to a party or being faithful to Christ, please choose Christ. Please care more about making disciples than making Democrats. Please care more about pursuing righteousness than persuading Republicans.

Please remember that God raises leaders up and sets them down. We do not cast our vote independently of the plan of God. God is in control of tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will” (Prov 21:1). God’s plan is more trustworthy than our personal, political preferences.

Please pray for our current and future leaders. This is not an invitation to pray imprecatory psalms if your guy doesn’t win. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 urges us pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quite lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior…” I hope our first response late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning is not to party or pout, but to pray.