As a businessman, a pro-life father, and someone who was taught the fundamental value of self-reliance from an early age – among other politically-oriented attributes – it’s easy to understand that my personal desire to see smaller government in the United States was hindered by this morning’s election results. Meanwhile those who see government taking a larger role in American society, have far more broad social permissions, and put less emphasis on the entrepreneurial prowess as a means for economic advancement, were no doubt elated that our President will be in leadership for another four years.
But regardless of your present state of happiness as a Christian today, there are some things to be discussed which go beyond politicking. While political activities should and must play a role on the stage of any sober-minded citizen’s heart, these happenings can serve as telltales of a larger wind, one that every Christian should turn their faces toward. For if we properly read the wind, then we’ll always know how to set sail.
But we can not properly assess our direction if we are not first aware of our position.
Here are some reminders for those of us who claim the name of Christ. I challenge you to read these and process each one, asking yourself if you truly believe it, or if you merely mentally subscribe to it.
1.) Jesus’ kingship in my life far outweighs a political leader’s influence outside of my life.
2.) I am a Christian before I’m a party member, not a party member and therefore a Christian.
4.) While no one will care who the President of the United States was in 1,000 years, the Lord will remember my behavior and judge it according to his own for eternity.
As a Christian, the response I’ve glimpsed this morning on social media is sad. In many cases, appalling. And atrociously unbiblical. Much of this post is coming from a motive to gently remind you and me that we are called to a higher level.
“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” -Paul of Tarsus 1 Timothy 2:8
Christians who fail to honor the king with their words prove they cannot be trusted by the Lord in places of high responsibility (as evidenced by their current lack of responsibility). See 1 Peter 2:17, Daniel 4:19.
If the recent exit-poll statistics about our nation are correct, with over 50% of Americans not working, 47% paying no taxes, and only 25% regularly attending any kind of religious service, then I believe this will be the Golden Age of the Church. Not only does a pervasive spirit of entitlement place a demand on others for the fulfillment of personal responsibility, but it numbs the emotions that drive us to be compassionate for others (since it can be presumed that a magnanimous government has already filled the need). This mentality can not be addressed politically, nor can it be mitigated legislatively; the only hope for the heart of the individual is Jesus and the ways of his Kingdom, asserted in love and brought to fruition by the Bride of Christ.
To the spiritually-minded Believer, great need must be answered by superior generosity. And I, for one, am wholly grateful for the need I see before me as it calls me to a place of Christlikeness that I have yet to walk in.
Father, be with President Obama and the First Lady. Grant them tremendous wisdom, discernment and strength for what has to be one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. Be with them Lord.