Tomorrow you and I will join millions of Americans across the country who will head to the polls to elect various people to serve in positions of authority in our states and country. To say that this has been a contentious election season is an incredible understatement.
The anger, insults, accusations, and general unkindness that we have seen from people of all political affiliations has left many people wishing that the Chicago Cubs win in the World Series last week would have immediately been followed by the end of the world and Jesus’ return. It would have made the election a moot point. However, that didn’t happen. The good news is that we can stick around and continue to celebrate the first Cubs World Series victory in 108 years. The bad news is that we are still faced with difficult election day decisions.
A question I have heard quite regularly during this election cycle is, “Who should I vote for?” The candidates that have been presented to us have both left something to be desired. I have heard people say, “I don’t like what this one said, but….” Or “I don’t like what that one did, but….” People are trying to come to some sort of decision, but for many it has been difficult.
I don’t believe it is a pastor’s role to tell people who to vote for specifically. That’s not what this post is about. It is about encouragement and things to think about as you head to the polls.
I’ve been reminded recently about the verse that is at the top of this post. What we, as Christians, need to remember first and foremost is that this is God’s world. He is ultimately in charge no matter who is elected. This has been true since he created the world and will continue to be true until he returns. Our hope and trust is not and should not be in the rulers of this world. They are sinners just like us and they will fail.
Here are some things to think about:
So as you head to the polls tomorrow (or today), pray for God’s guidance for your decisions and for his guidance for our country, remember that he is in charge and that this is his world, and love your neighbors today and every day.
My name is Tom. I'm fascinated by the ways that people, ideas, current events and theology interact with each other.