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Why I’m Not Worried About the Election

I can’t stand election season. The smear campaigns. The empty promises. The arguments that erupt on social media. The politicians that quote scripture for their own gain. It all rubs me the wrong way.

I can’t stand election season. The smear campaigns. The empty promises. The arguments that erupt on social media. The politicians that quote scripture for their own gain. It all rubs me the wrong way.

What saddens me the most is the church’s involvement in it all. Remember that passage where Jesus said, “The world will know you are my disciples by how you vote?” Yeah neither do I. What he actually said went a little more like this, “The world will know you are my disciples by your love for one another.” (John 13:35)

I think we have it backwards today. Christians are often known more for their political affiliation and not their love for one another. I see a lot of Christians worrying way too much about the future of this country and not enough about the Kingdom of God. Christians often spend more time trying to convince others of their political views and next to no time telling them about Jesus. Something is wrong with that.

Now hear me on this, I don’t think voting is bad. I don’t think doing your research to make an informed decision is bad (in fact that’s good!). But as a follower of Christ this election will have no ultimate or lasting impact on me. Catch this. As a Christian my hope is not found in the next president. The next social program. The next law. Or anything else the government can do. My hope is found is Christ alone. Period.  

“As a Christian my hope is not found in the next president. The next social program. The next law. Or anything else the government can do. My hope is found is Christ alone. Period.”

It worries me to see people put so much hope in the next president because I know they will ultimately be let down. In 4 years we will be having the same conversations. It’s a lie that politics alone can make a lasting impact. How do I know that? Because at the root of all our problems is a heart issue. Our problems in this country aren’t money, or equality, or race, or immigration, or even abortion. Our problem is our heart. The rest are just symptoms.

Maybe if we get a really good president they could fix one of the many issues facing this country. Maybe. But something just as bad would pop up. Why? Because that issue is only a surface level problem. Our heart and sin are the real problem plaguing this country and the rest of the world. And no politician, no law, no government can ever fix that.

It’s not wrong to desire change for this country. It’s not wrong to vote for the person you feel is best for our country. However I believe we are putting to much hope in social change and not enough hope in Jesus. Real change, life change, comes from Jesus alone.

Don’t miss this. The president will never change the follower of Jesus’ mission. Our role on this earth stays the same, regardless of what the government does. How we live might change. Consequences for following Jesus could stack up. But at the end of the day no one but Jesus has the power to make any impactful change on our lives. No one.

So stop crying that the sky is falling. It’s not. God is still on the throne and all his promises are true. Could this country go down the drain? Maybe, I don’t know. But I do know that God’s Kingdom will remain.

“God is still on the throne and all his promises are true. Could this country go down the drain? Maybe, I don’t know. But I do know that God’s Kingdom will remain.”

Here are 3 things we can(should) do this election season:

  1. Pray for our current leaders. Yes that includes the one you hate.
  2. Don’t slander those you disagree with, love them.
  3. Keep your hope in Jesus alone.

Politics will never save the world; that’s what Jesus did on the cross. We have the privilege to vote for our convictions in this country. But we shouldn’t let that deter our hope in Jesus.

This might rub some of you the wrong way. And that’s fine. But ask yourself this. Where do your true priorities lie? God or country? Where does your hope come from? God or the next president? We all need to wrestle with those questions. We all need to check our hearts regularly to see where our hope is coming from. Because I know one thing, hope placed in anything or anyone on this earth will only let us down.

49 comments on “Why I’m Not Worried About the Election

  1. Very well written! Thank you for the timely reminder of Who is in control. J.

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    • Thank you for stopping by and reading!

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    • Reading this article has really convicted me of the amount of attention I give politics and of course I don’t think politics can save the world. But what about fighting evil? What about those who are using liberal doctrine, not to destroy the country, but to destroy the church and make it a den of scum perversity. While the article made some great points regarding how the problems of our nation are really a problem of the heart (which I do agree with) what about the call to be lovers of good “thirstying after righteousness? Yes, we are to love our neighbor but that does not mean we should give up speaking the truth if they are yet to become a Christian. Christ didn’t just say preach the gospel but teach them the things I have taught you. Regardless of how you see the command I find your article to be very much that of a calling for pascifism. (Oh they aren’t Christians we can’t tell them we disagree with their stance on abortion, they aren’t Christian). “Pascifism is not a cause at all but rather a cause against all causes. Why did we fight in WWI and WWII? Was that not to destroy evil (regardless of the religious convictions of those in Europe)? As the famous saying goes: “I would rather be ruled over by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian. The reason why I disagree with leftism today is not because I believe any political party is “more holy” in God’s eyes. It’s because I am a lover of the truth (it’s really that simple). Those today who vote for Hillary Clinton do not believe any ounce of truth or sanity. They believe, preach, and profess the belief that EVIL DOES NOT EXIST. The New York Times wrote an article on the myth of evil last week of you don’t believe me. Why would they argue that gun violence is even a thing? Because humans aren’t evil, there is no evil, we are bad because our circumstances. If such is true we have no hope of reaching anyone as our society is more prone to become mere animals with no rational mind. (See the Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis)
      Think of it what you will but if you ask me I will side with Detrich Bonheffer: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

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  2. atimetoshare.me

    I feel the same as you on this. We can’t let the media, other opinions or even fellow Christians prey on the truth of God’s control over our government. He is ultimately in charge so we have nothing to fear. Turn off the news. Read a book. The Bible is a great one. Care for an aging friend. Pray for our leaders. All that is going to do much more than wasting time worrying about the future. Thanks for a great post.

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  3. Wide spread political replacement of God is a cancer of great concern in democracy. A true soul revival in the USA located church is due. Without God democracy will not operate properly. Same goes for capitalism which is another looming problem. God is the heartbeat of all good that can happen to mankind.

    The only one who can safely sit on the throne of our or any life is God in His three persons. This is the revival of true abundant life. Nothing can replace this truth and thrive very long. Don’t be confused existing is not thriving. Grace is a general gift, while mercy, when practiced brings God’s gift of abundant life here on this earth. Positive thriving will always make evil slippery and hard to gain traction to attack God’s goodness in mercy giving through people.

    When politecs takes it’s proper place as a tool not a god then we will see the nations stability rebuilt and renewed. All it takes is God’s people to do with faith Mica 6:8. Do justly, Love Mercy and walk humbly with our God. Not just voting or protesting and the like. Working on yourself then you will see the gates of hell falling and a hope unfailing grow and expand out of a reunited people of God today. I know in who I have believed and He is able.

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  4. shelley1965

    Well said!

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  5. My hope is built on nothing less… Light and Love, Shona

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  6. Reblogged this on Fruit of the Spirit and commented:
    More Christians need to hear this. Don’t let your hearts grow cold during these times of testing. Our duty is to love, even the unlovable. Don’t let your light go out. Wake up and keep watch and don’t forget to keep extra oil on hand.

    With MUCH love! God Bless!

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  7. I love this! What a great reminder for those who find themselves discouraged or befuddled over the process of this election season. This is straight talk that I enjoyed reading. Blessings to you sir!

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  8. Meisaan Chan

    This is wonderful. Thank you for preaching the path of compassion and resilience.

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  9. I love your post Jeffery. Keep writing to change what people think by pointing us all to the gospel and to Jesus.

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  10. Anonymous

    Fantastic Curtis. Glad you’re doing well! Keep on writing, maybe one day you won’t be just a wannabe. 🙂

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  11. Praise God! This is indeed timely and necessary information for Christians.

    Just wanted to add something to your statement of, “Politics will never save the world; that’s what Jesus did on the cross.” What I wanted to add is that Jesus’ death on the cross wasn’t the end of His ministry. The saving of the world will only come through victory over sin through Jesus Christ.

    “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

    Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV

    Let’s keep praying and studying God’s Word.

    Keep lifting up Jesus and sharing His message through your posts.

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  12. I think you just about covered it. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness…”

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  13. Mr. Poor, I know that I am not to fear because “perfect love casts out all fear,” but when I consider the horror and suffering that comes upon a nation that forsakes the Lord, I have great sorrow of heart: “My eyes do fail with tears, my soul is troubled…” May the Lord Jesus Christ give you the words of encouragement that we all need as we face the realities of a nation set on rebellion against God. May you continue to preach the Gospel and share the hope that is only found in Christ. God bless you.

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  14. Great post! I love election season just because I enjoy politics, but we have to remember that the only one that can save our country is God, and He is still on His throne! If we truly want our country to be made great again, we need to start with revival in our own hearts!
    http://www.thedivinepresence.wordpress.com

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  15. Excellent post, thank you for putting it up for us to read.

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  16. Reblogged this on Truth Troubles: Why people hate the truths' of the real world and commented:
    They have put up a great post here, if you would please give it a few moments of your time.

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  17. Really great advice.

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  18. Reblogged this on Barely Right of Center and commented:
    Anyone who considers themselves a Christian who is going to vote in the 2016 or any future elections needs to read this. It is an important message for all Christians to remember.

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  20. Al Martin

    I know this upsets many Christians but It is not the mission of Gods church to decide who the next president will be. God does not need our assistance in making a decision that He made before time began. God has a plan for this world and He will put in place those that move His plan forward regardless of who we think should be our leaders.The church needs to divorce itself from politics and turn that energy into the real mission of the church. We are supposed to shine so bright with the love of Christ that the world is drawn to Him. We can’t do that if we have become so much like the world that our light is too dim to see anymore. We are not Republicans We are not Democrats. We are Christians. Nothing can change that. No matter who is president or pope or king it makes no difference in the life of a Christian. It does not alter our mission. We should not depend on a president, pope or king to keep us safe. We are separate and Holy. We have the love and protection of God Almighty. We need to trust God to put those in power that will serve His needs and not ours.

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  21. “Remember that passage where Jesus said, ‘The world will know you are my disciples by how you vote?’ Yeah neither do I. ”

    I love your humor as well as pretty much everything you say here.

    I was feeling pretty shook up this morning and I think it shows in the post you read. In fact, my post was ‘liked’ ‘right off the bat’ by 4 people I’ve never heard from before…including you.

    From what I’ve read here, I think you and I are singing the same hymn. I’d like to hear from you on some of my previous posts, if you have time.

    Thank you.

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  22. Amen! If God’s people do what He wants there will be change . Pray for all that are I. Authority and give thanks for them. Blessings to you brother.

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  23. So good. Love this post. It is the reminder we need especially in this wild election season. I added an update last week (May4th) to a blog that I had originally posted on March 1. https://everydaywiththeking.com/2016/03/01/warning-you-might-not-like-this/ After reading your post here, I know that if I write on the subject again it will need to be focused on the points that you have made here.

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  24. Reblogged this on Augmentum Dei and commented:
    Hits the nail on the head! Well said!

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  25. I agree with you. In my understanding we have a few issues that I hold dear and personal. 1. Abortion, It breaks my heart as it’s taking a life and in most cases severely hurting the ones involved. 2. Homosexuality, we are to fight against sin, there are many sins that I know we all fall in, the difference is we don’t try to say the sin is not sin or have others mandate that we must embrace those sins. Therefore I will vote for the persons who “at least say” they do not support sins which are so clearly sins according to the Bible.

    I know I fight to stay in the straight and narrow path of God’s Love that Jesus and His Holy Word taught. I also know our Father in Heaven has given the choice to follow Him or reject Him, therefore I respect others if they disagree with me or the Bible, and by His grace I will love and pray for them period.

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  26. “Pray for our current leaders. Yes that includes the one you hate.”

    I am reasonably certain that Christians are not supposed to hate.

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    • I’m not saying we should hate anyone. Although many Christians do. I’m saying we should pray for the leaders, including the ones we disagree with. I’m not condoning hating anyone.

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