by Brandy Webb
I am not going to talk politics. I am not going to take one side or the other either. However, I do want to advise us all as Christians to not stoop to the level of the masses with their fear and hatred for one another because of their political views.
I am not very smart when it comes to prophecy, but I honestly do not think that God needs a certain person in the White House to start Armageddon. In fact, I don’t even know if America will be here when the end of the age happens. Who is to say that God won’t destroy the governments that we know now and start over with new governments like He has allowed to happen over and over again in the past? I don’t understand God’s full plan because His ways are not my ways (Isa 55:8). His thoughts are higher than my thoughts (Isa 55:9). And the wisest person in the world would still be considered dumb compared to God.
So, with that said, I want to make a plea. I don’t care if you vote or not, nor do I care who you vote for. What I do care about is that those of us who call ourselves Christians behave like Christians regardless of the elections. Do not slander one another. Do not cause discord among the brethren because you may like one candidate over another. In fact, it is an abomination to God to cause discord among the brethren (Prov 6:19). Do we not understand that it is God who puts whoever He wishes in power (Rom 13:1)? Therefore, wouldn’t getting angry about who wins the election mean that you don’t agree with God’s decision? Maybe I am being a little harsh. I do not mean to offend. I am just paying attention to what seems to be a problem, in my opinion, when elections come around.
My other plea is to not fear who wins. God is in control. Politicians are human. They are far from perfect, and they will not solve our problems. This is why God warned Israel when they requested a king to rule over them (1 Sam 8). He knew what would happen when someone became that powerful. I think even the humblest person could be tempted to lose sight of the greater good when they are given too much power.
The truth is we are told to pray for our leaders because “this is good and acceptable in the sight of God” (1 Tim 2:1-3). We are told to abide by the rules of the land and not rebel, in other words, live peacefully (Rom 13:1-6). We are also told to love our enemies and pray for them (Matt 5:43-48). I know that this isn’t easy. No one ever said being a Christian would be easy. In fact, I think the Messiah warned it would definitely be a hard harsh path to follow him because “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head” (Matt 8:19-20). However, walking in the footsteps of the Messiah, being a light, listening to the Holy Spirit, and growing Godly fruit are the things that make us different. These traits are what set us apart from the world.
Therefore, instead of getting all bent out of shape this election year. Instead of becoming fearful because this person is winning in the polls. Instead of getting caught up in hateful speech. Let us strive to let the politicians do what politicians do while we do what Christians are supposed to do; to walk in the footsteps of the Messiah, to trust God no matter who is in office, and to pray for God’s Kingdom to come.