Thoughts on an upcoming election
by Pastor Bobby Baugh
Soon, voters in this great country of ours will be casting their vote with the hopes of electing the candidate of their choice. Over the last many months, and even more so as election day quickly approaches, many appeals from political parties have been made through all forms of media, emails, texts and phone calls. All of them have an urgent message and strong appeal. All of them want our attention and focus. Sadly, many have done just that, putting much, if not all of their focus and attention upon the political process.
Good citizenship? Perhaps. But we as the children of God must be reminded of where our true citizenship lies. It lies in heaven. It is from there that the Lord reigns in power, majesty and with all authority, be they in heaven or on earth. That is where our only true hope lies. If our hope is in this candidate or that, we will eventually become discouraged, disappointed or dismayed. Are we to be aware of where a candidate stands on this issue or that? Absolutely. Should we be mindful of the various ballot measures and know what they represent? Yes, most definitely. As concerned citizens, we all have the right to be informed and then cast votes carefully and considerately. This is how we are able to express our voice into the system. This is a huge privilege.
That being said, listen to what Jehoshaphat, the godly king of old said in 2 Chronicles 20:6 ‘O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?’
What am I trying to say?
Seek first the Lord‘s kingdom and His righteousness, asking Him how you should vote, all the while reminding yourself of where your true citizenship lies and where your hope comes from. And remember who it is that establishes the kingdoms on the earth. It is the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He is sovereign over all things and because of this, we are to trust Him no matter the outcome of any election or ballot measure. Jesus said it well, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me.’ (Jn 14:1) Amen.”