I could not be more burned out on politics than I am right now. Anyone else out there feel the same way?
What is continuing to disturb me is that Christians are obsessed with believing that this election is one step away from the apocalypse. So many believe that if they simply do one more canvass, put out one more sign, or get one more conservative registered to vote then all will be well with the world—so long as Nov. 2nd goes their way.
All I can say is that we are deceiving ourselves if we believe this to be the case.
Why is it that so few of the Christian folks who are signing petitions or wringing their hands over poll numbers are talking about prayer? Where are the millions down on their knees before the Lord? To hear from many American Christians, this election is not about issues, but about dark principalities and powers, spiritual forces bent on the very destruction of all we hold near and dear.
But if that is the case, why do we insist on ignoring what the Scriptures say is the only possible solution to dealing with such darkness?
For our struggle is not against a human opponent, but against rulers, against authorities, against cosmic powers in the darkness around us, against evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm. For this reason, take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to take a stand in that evil day. And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm. Stand firm, therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.
In addition to all of these, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one, also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times with every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert with every kind of effort and request for all the saints.
(Ephesians 6:12-18 ISV)
If we truly believe the word of God, then why are we spending so much time running around worrying if the wrong candidate wins on Nov. 2 that Satan-worshippers will run loose in the streets sacrificing our stray pets? We cower and fear and weep like babies when things go slightly out of our favor. We so easily forget:
For if we live, we live to the Lord. Or if we die, we die to the Lord. If therefore we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
(Romans 14:8 WEB)
Instead, we are doing everything we can to ensure our candidate wins. What kind of faithless people have we become that we believe everything is done by our own strength? We work ourselves to death and give no thought to prayer. But again, the Bible corrects us:
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust the name of Yahweh our God. They are bowed down and fallen, but we rise up, and stand upright.
(Psalms 20:7-8 WEB)
If we don’t believe that God tells us to rest, that no matter who wins this election God is still sovereign and we are still His people, then how will those who don’t serve the Lord ever see the true peace that passes understanding that we Christians are called to possess? Instead, we rush around like pagans and worry. But what has that ever gotten us?
So stop concerning yourselves about what you will eat or what you will drink, and stop being distressed. For it is the gentiles who are concerned about all these things. Surely your Father knows that you need them! Instead, be concerned about his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you as well. Stop being afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
Sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor. Make yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a dependable treasure in heaven, where no thief can get close and no moth can destroy anything. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Luke 12:29-34 ISV)
From the Lord Jesus’ lips to our ears.