Below is a post by Sam Chacko. Sam is the pastor of LOFT, a church plant in Richardson, Texas. Though we want nothing to do with Texas (kidding…sort of), we want everything to do with linking arms with new churches like LOFT. It’s a joy for Seven Mile Road to partner with and learn from other brothers doing gospel-centered ministry.
Last night while watching the debates I made the following post on Facebook/Twitter:
Breaking News: This upcoming election is fixed, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1 ESV)” Pray and vote wisely, but know that there is one that is sovereign and in control no matter who is president.
I have a love/hate relationship with politics. I’m fascinated by it and can’t get enough of it, but at the same time, I am tired of all the division and chaos that comes out of our government offices.
The debates last night only confirmed my decision on who I am going to vote for in the upcoming election. However, if my candidate does not win in November, it does not mean that that I lose hope in tomorrow, trash talk the winner, or move to Canada. It means that I rest in the knowledge of God’s sovereign who rules over the affairs of man and appoints who He wants to rule our nation.
Consider these verses:
Psalms 115:3 – But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.
Psalm 103:19 – The Lord has established His throne in the heavens; and His sovereignty rules over all.
Daniel 4:7 – The Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, and bestows it on whom He wishes, and sets over it the lowliest of men.
The reality is that, regardless of who wins the election this November, God’s sovereignty will be the deciding factor in the election, just as it was God who decided who would govern and rule in the Bible times. He hasn’t changed.
If you read the book of Daniel, a story of the people of Israel living in exile and bondage, you discover that the people of God were encouraged to place their hope in the God who ruled over their rulers. The rulers of Babylon were not godly people, yet Daniel reminded the people that the powers that exist will not have the final say, God will. When he was sent into judgment for thinking that he was great, Nebuchadnezzar was told that “your kingdom will be assured to you after you recognize that it is heaven that rules” (Daniel 4:26).
John 19:11 – Jesus answered him (Pilate) “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.”
I love this passage. Here we have Jesus standing before the one who will ultimately sentence him to death and he reminds him that the only reason Pilate is standing before Jesus was because God gave him that authority.
Now all of this is not to say, you should not exercise your right to vote. Get informed, get involved and get in line to vote for the candidate that best represents biblical values. But don’t place your hope in a ballot box or lose your hope in a ballot box either. Our hope is not in who is in the White House, but in God.
It’s sad to see Christians get more excited about politics than about Jesus. Why do we do this? Why do we put our hope in people? Why do we think that there is a “right” candidate that will “fix” all that ails society?
Those of us who are believers should know better than this. It simply is not true. The “fix” we need will never be the result of electing the right person into office. These things will only change when God transforms the hearts of people. It’s about the Kingdom of God being established. In reality, the Kingdom is still on its way – some of its here already, but it’s not fully here. It won’t be here till Jesus returns. The implication of that Is that on this side of eternity all human systems (conservatives or liberals, Democrats or Republicans) will continue to be broken in some degree.
On November 7, we will wake up and know who will be leading this nation for the next four years. Regardless of who wins, the mission and hope of the believer does not change, because it was never meant to be in a person. It was always called to be in Jesus. Don’t look to a candidate to be your “savior.” Don’t look to a political party to be your “savior.” You already have a savior, his name is Jesus, so you can have hope, be optimistic, and live happy, because He is in control over the affairs of man.