Four years ago the election process did not turn out as I had hoped. It had zero to do with who won the election. The winner really didn’t bother me. It was the mindless voters reacting to the results that caused me distress. That night I had people banging on my door in the early morning hours to express their distraught feelings over Obama’s win. Friends threatened to move to other countries. White people mocked Obama for his race. Black people disowned other black for voting “against their kind”. Jokes were made about lynchings. Hatred was expressed. It was beyond hypocritical of a united states, and it was simply sinful for countless Christians. There are a few things I would like to remind everyone as we vote and wait for the results.
1. Pity the fool rather than become one. Some people are going to want to start up arguments. People will leave controversial facebook posts just to wait for someone to take a bite. Pray for those people rather than indulge them in their fantasy world. Proverbs 14:7 “Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.” Proverbs 12:6 “The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.”
2. You don’t need to be white to be racist. There is no doubt that some white people voted against Obama just because he is black. This is wrong, and needs to be called out for what it is. However, it is equally important to remember that voting for Obama because he is black is just as racist. I pray that any black person who does not vote for Obama this election does not receives insults and hatred from others of his race for “betraying” them.
3. Your guy won’t save you. If your guy wins the election you cannot expect that everything will be just fine. Romney election will not mean the end of abortion for all time. It will not mean our country will fall on their knees and repent to God. Neither candidate will mean economic prosperity for the rest of our days. Neither candidate will fix the deep chore issues in the heart of the individual. Expecting anything like that will set you up for failure and disappointment.
4. The other guy is not the antichrist. Could he make some bad decision? Yes. Could he lead our country further down a spiraling death of poverty? Sure. Whatever peoples tell you though he is not evil incarnate. Obama agrees with abortion so we should hate him apparently. Really? Maybe we should pray God works on his heart as he did with other murderers like the apostle Paul. Politicians are not the enemy. We must remember that our world leaders must face some of the greatest temptation by the enemy. I firmly believe Satan himself saves his energy of deception, deceit, and temptation for the world leaders. They desperately need our prayers.
5. Spiritual statements these next few days are not a Jesus Juke. If you want to learn about a Jesus Juke then you can read it here http://www.jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike/2010/11/the-jesus-juke/. I agree with the Jesus juke concept to a very limited extent, but verses and other spiritual things posted during an election generally do not qualify as a Jesus juke. Don’t get upset when someone takes your bad joke to seriously. Don’t get annoyed with people who post a verse on their facebook. No matter the outcome of the election we will need people who are being spiritually minded and realize there is a bigger issue going on in the world. If someone spiritualizes your joke rather than become annoyed you may need to stop and think if perhaps your joke was just in poor taste to begin with.
6. Live tomorrow like you live today. If this doesn’t work you simply did something wrong today. No matter the outcome our lives, attitudes, and habits shouldn’t change one bit tomorrow.
7. Realize how (in)significant this is in the grand scheme of things. We make too big a deal of the election sometimes. Sometimes it seems like American Christian care more about who is sitting in the White house than they do about who is sitting on the heavenly throne. I don’t use my pastoral position to tell people who to vote for. I believe voting is important. I believe voting for Christian values are important, but I also realize that sometimes men against those things become president. I don’t build that scenario up as if the world will come to an end because the hope in Christ is not limited to who is sitting in the white house. The hope of Christ extends beyond all political, historical, and social events. Maybe this election will mean a further downward spiral for America and life as we know it. I’m ok with that. The worse things get the more I hunger for a time when the true ruler will come and set all things right. That is a day where we can say forget democracy, Obama, Romney, and all things tied to this world in its struggle. Keep your superficial hope; I will hang onto the real thing.