The noise during election seasons is almost overwhelming. it is much louder in these years when a new president is being elected. I started thinking about all the presidential elections I’ve been able to see and participate in. The first election I remember was of Eisenhower and truthfully I don’t remember any noise with his election. The election that first caught my real attention was when John F. Kennedy was running for president. His inaugural speech when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country” is still one of the most powerful statements made by any politician I’ve heard. Elections come and go and at the time every one of them seems important and in many ways they certainly are. But one thing that needs to stand out in the minds of every Christ-follower is that we are electing a president but we already have our KING. Our loyalty mustn’t ever be tied to any human. I always want it to be the case that who I vote for is largely determined by how their stands on things related to what my king stands for. If they have the greatest and most charismatic personality ever witnessed and their positions go against the things that King Jesus teaches us, then it is obvious that I can’t support that person.
Too often in life we manage to make an amazing split in our lives and our thinking. We take our faith and devotion to Christ and put it on one side of our life and take our day to day life, whether it relations to politics or to our jobs or even our hobbies in life and place them on the other side of us so that the two parts never come together. We see our spiritual life and devotion to Christ as something we do on Sunday’s and in meetings or services done by the church. And we see our regular life as something we do through the week that is ruled by a whole different king. Sometimes in that regular part of life we actually set ourselves up as king. When we perform such a split in our lives the result is we become a classic HYPOCRITE.
When I anoint Christ as king in my life, it is about my whole life, not about some section of my life. Can you imagine Paul changing his statement in Philippians 1:21 where he said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” to say, “For me to live my church and spiritual life is Christ, but my regular life in the world is my own?” One of the reasons the teaching of the New Testament on baptism being immersion in water rather than just sprinkling some water on a person or even pouring some water on them, is that it is about our whole being. When one is baptized they are buried with Christ and raised with Him to live a new life (Romans 6:3-4). Can you imagine a person being baptized who said, “I want to be immersed in water with Christ and raised with him but I want to keep my social media accounts and my bank account all out of the water?” I’m afraid there are far to many people who are baptized to make that commitment to Christ who are leaving different aspects of their life out of the water so that it isn’t committed to Christ.
Picture Paul’s writing to the church in Colossi. In chapter one, verses 13-14 he said, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.’ It is impossible to have part of us in the dominion of darkness and part of us in the kingdom of the Son God loves. God won’t leave us half way in each. He rescues us from that kingdom of the dark world and its rule or dominion or kingship in our lives. He translates us into the reign or kingdom of Jesus where the rulership belongs to Jesus Christ. He is the king. There aren’t any elections in four years, forty years, four hundred years or any other period of time when we can choose a new king. Since he lives forever, his rule never stops and never changes.
Since Jesus is king, and I am under his rule if I’m a Christian, it means that I am striving to follow Him and do His will in every aspect of my life, including elections. Listen, I haven’t had any revelations from Jesus on who to vote for. I’m not expecting any. I do know that I am to look for as many things about what a candidate believes and what their platform is and how it relates to God’s teaching for us and his call for us as His children when I’m deciding how to vote.
When you vote, know that others are also voting and someone will win and someone will lose, but Christ will still be sitting on his throne and be our king. When the election is over and the votes are counted, my job will be to be a good, godly citizen of the country and pray regularly for the leaders of the country that they might lead in a way that we might have peace and that there may be tons of open doors for the preaching and teaching of God’s word because he wants all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
I bow to only one king who has all my allegiance and that is King Jesus.