Encouragement for the Christian Voter

I’ve chosen to be quiet concerning politics and will continue to do so. But, I want to share something with those that are concerned about the results of tonight’s election.

Just under half of the population of the US will disagree with the results of tonight’s election.  Either you or someone you know will be in this camp. Tempers will rise and emotions will flow tonight. Some people will choose to not say much at all, but internalize the emotions that are happening within them.  Some, maybe even most based on what we have seen on social media lately, will use the safety of social media to vomit their emotions out to the world. There is though another way…

If you are a Christian, hear me…

Don’t sin and check your heart.

Many of us will be tempted to let our tempers flare up in the words we say.  Many of us will be tempted to let fear overtake us.  Many of us will be tempted to let our emotions spill out of us in the form of disrespect, anger towards, aggression to and ridicule of the individual elected.  Christian, hear me…

Don’t sin and check your heart.

A world around us is looking to how Christians respond to an increasingly unchristian world.  Don’t sin and check your heart.  Your family, friends and co-workers are looking at how you respond when your world is moving against your beliefs.  Don’t sin and check your heart.

In Luke 6, Jesus talks about what comes out of our mouth reflects where our heart is. What we do and say and who we are is a direct reflection of what is going on in our heart.  Sometimes we need to take a step back and address the angst, fear and conflict in our heart before we spew out everything in front of everyone.

I know…the possibility of what ‘could be’ isn’t great.  And no matter where you land politically, you have your reasons for believing that ‘the other side’ will destroy everything we know and love for years, decades and possibly the rest of our lives.

Don’t sin and check your heart.

We will still be ok…in fact, we will still be so much better off than most of the population of the world. Our lives may change a little, some of our ‘rights’ may be taken or changed, policies and laws may be put in place that effect what and how we do what we do.  With all that…we will still be fine. The sky isn’t going to fall and the world will keep spinning.

You know why?

The same God that spoke everything (including us!) into existence still sits on His throne.  The same God that destroyed everything in a flood but saved one family still sits on His throne.  The same God that allowed His people (the people who worshipped Him, followed Him and served Him) to be taken into slavery multiple times and then brought them out still sits on His throne.  The same God that brings the dead to life, that heals the sick and makes the cripple walk…still sits on His throne.

The same God that we follow, that we serve, that we love and worship still sits on that same throne.  Because of Him, we have no reason to fear.  Because of Him, we can look at the world around us and still know that there is Someone greater working in our lives and in the world around us.

As Christians, our job doesn’t change.  The Great Commission doesn’t suddenly become void because the wrong person got elected into a secular office. The Great Commandment…the one that says ‘Love God and Love People‘…still remains true for us.

So, Christian.  For the few hours left. Go out and go vote. And then tomorrow morning, no matter what the results of the election are, love God and love ALL people, and keep being and doing who Christ has called you to be. Keep focused on God and don’t slide into the mode of ridiculing the winner that everyone else around us is doing.

Go be and do what who Christ has called you to be.

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