Over the course of this year there have been countless articles, infographics, videos, and other pleas from any number of politicians, pastors, and other influential people trying to swing your vote one way or another. I think it is important, though, for the Church to determine her response as far ahead of time as possible. Although we are down to the last minute, I have written up my convictions for how the Church can respond to the 2020 election results. Let me warn you now: you may not like what I have to say.
Regardless of who wins the election, it is important to keep a few things in mind:
- Christ sits on the throne, not the US President. Although I certainly believe that God allows people to be voted into positions of power and He can use them in those positions, the winner of this race is not the Messiah. It’s important that we don’t confuse those roles.
- Your party is not God’s chosen party. Neither the Republican or Democratic party (or any of the others for that matter) completely aligns itself with Biblical values. To say that a fellow believer is not following God because of the way they voted is not only unfair, it is divisive. Which leads me to my next point…
- The world is watching us. Regardless of how holy I think my vote might be, if I condemn a brother or sister in Christ over their political choices, what message does that send to the world? If I write off a friend or family member because they disagree with me, how do you think the world will perceive the faith I claim?
Knowing all these things, here is the response I recommend:
- Take a break from social media. Seriously. You don’t need it. Log out. Delete the app. Ask a friend to hold you accountable. Do what you need to do, and then take a breather.
- Ask yourself a hard question: what response do I have in my heart if my opposing party wins this election? Do I grieve? Am I angry? Do I feel like all is lost? Address those emotions, and remind yourself who is still in control.
- Ask yourself another hard question: what response do I have in my heart if my party wins? Do I sigh in relief? Do I kick back and relax? Am I suddenly content? Address those feelings, too, and remind yourself of who is the true savior.
- Remember, whoever wins, the Church has work to do. People are hurting, and all political parties fight for platforms that will hurt one demographic or another. Think through who will be hurt and how the Church can respond. (At this time I want to challenge those of you who think you have found the perfect party and your candidate will not hurt a fly. Really think about the impacts of his or her actions and the legislation that person wants to act on. Who will be impacted and how? I guarantee you, the Church will need to respond.)
- Remember that the Church is a global body, the Body of Christ. When one part hurts, we all hurt with it. When one part celebrates, we all rejoice. Keep in mind that other believers will be hurt and confused by the results of this election. Keep grace in your heart for people you disagree with. Be the first to extend that grace. Again, the world is watching us.
In the coming days, no matter who wins, I think it is almost certain we will see further division and chaos in our country. May it not be found in the Church. Let us be who we were created to be.