A Christian Response to Election Day 2012

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I Have Tried to Stay Out of This

So I have attempted to stay out of the political discourse over the past few weeks. Those who know me personally know this has come with great difficulty for me. But I have learned over the last few years that my political views are insignificant in comparison to the question of the Gospel. Yes I have an opinion on the morality of abortion; I have an opinion on the government’s use of our tax dollars, and I voted this election year based on who I believed would be the best leader.

Gospel Relevance

I do believe all of these things to be important. I do believe the election of the leader of the Free World is important to our daily lives. But I do not believe they supersede the importance of spreading the Gospel. God created man in his own image and blessed us with intelligence, rationality, a sense of morality, and creativeness. God created within us a sense of eternity and a need to be part of something greater than ourselves. He created the love that exists within us, and he did all of this so that he could enjoy our companionship. However, our companionship would be worthless if we were not granted the ability to choose to love God.

So he has allowed us to choose, and he has set parameters on what he constituted as loving him. God chose to show us how much he loves us in that while we were willing to live meaningless lives apart from him, he sent his son to die displaying the extent of his love. Some people question why God would choose such a bloody and painful method, but the severity of the sacrifice demonstrates the magnitude of God’s love for us. Jesus taught that belief in his sacrifice is enough to pardon our rebellion, and that by confessing him as savior we are granted eternity with God.

Wait… I know, you thought this was going to be about politics.

My view of the Gospel does speak into my political belief system. Here is what I believe; it the responsibility of a believer in Jesus Christ to keep his commands. We have been entrusted with instructions on how to live our lives as his followers. He was very clear when he described what it means to be a disciple. It is our commission to love those around us. We must love them whether they agree with us or not. Who they voted for, where they go to church, if they spend Sunday in a bar, if they have chosen a same-sex relationship, how many abortions they have had, or if they deny the very existence of God are not exemptions. We have been commanded to love them. Jesus said that by our love for one another they will recognize us as his followers. It is our responsibility to love one another. Jesus was asked what was the greatest of the commandments and he said to love God with everything that we are AND to love others as we love ourselves.

If we, The Church, were to practice what Jesus taught, would we not have a better platform to speak with those around us about the Gospel? We would not be hindered by stereotypes of hatred and intolerance. If the Church were to focus on spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ first we would see less opposition to our beliefs. People would want our churches to be in their neighborhoods if we clothed their children. They would be excited to see a church move to town if we were feeding their hungry. They would praise God for his relief efforts if we took care of the widows and orphans. As long as we sit in our large buildings demanded the rest of the world to adhere to our moral beliefs we will be asked to politely shut the door and shut our mouths.

And who knows; if the church took care of the hurting, the poor, and the hungry maybe there wouldn’t be a need for the government to do it and maybe young girls would come to our doors instead of Planned Parenthood’s. But greater than that maybe this country would stop requesting that God (would) Bless America, and maybe we would start saying America Bless God.

So, Our Response?

Pray. We need to pray for the man who was just re-elected as the President of the United States of America. We need to pray that he is successful at helping our country to heal from her wounds.

Pray for our divided nation. With the vote totals being so close in the past few Presidential elections it is clear that our country is divided by two ideologies that have a difficult time co-existing. We must find ways to unite and succeed, but I believe that begins with prayer for understanding, and cooperation.

We need to pray for our churches. In the past the church has flourished under persecution, and if the re-elected administration chooses to further alienate people of faith we will need to be prepared. We need to pray that the church loses its focus on politics and refocuses on Jesus and his Gospel.

Conclusion

Whether you supported the president’s campaign or the GOP ticket, one thing is for sure. The man in office owes much of his achievements to God. If your man won, show a little grace to those who do not share in your ideology. They believe they are right just as much as you believe you are. If your “side” is going to lead than be a leader worth following.

If your team is licking its wounds today don’t be a sore loser. None of us believe you are moving to Canada (they have a federal health care system by the way) or Mexico (come on, they have fewer jobs than we do). Take a deep breath, and relax. The King is still in control. And remember, there is always next time (well… if there is a next time).

 

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About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

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