Tomorrow is election day. And for many Christians across our nation, the biggest question will be, “Who will I vote for?” Or perhaps, “Who did you vote for?”
I would like to suggest that, for those of us in Christ, there is a far bigger question that we should be asking tomorrow, and in the weeks and months ahead. That question is, “How will I represent Jesus to everyone, regardless of whether the candidate I voted for wins or loses?”
I have seen social media posts today from people suggesting that they will be “bearing arms” as they go to vote, preparing themselves for potential confrontations. I have seen people make promises (again!) of moving out of country if their candidate loses. I have seen people declaring that any outcome other than the one they want will be, undoubtedly, due to voter fraud.
As a follower of Jesus, I am reminded by Colossians 3:12-13 how I should respond to the election outcome, whatever it may look like:
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. ”Colossians 3:12-13
There is an excellent and encouraging post by Todd Nettleson that I would encourage you to read on Christianity Today’s site: Whoever Wins the Election, God’s Kingdom Will Advance. Todd is the host of The Voice of the Martyrs Radio and the author of When Faith is Forbidden, releasing March, 2021, from Moody Publishers. I highly encourage reading his post. I am heartened when I am reminded that…
God is perfectly capable of advancing His Kingdom and His purposes, no matter how many votes are cast or how the results turn out.from Whoever Wins the Election, God’s Kingdom Will Advance, by Todd Nettleson
Do we believe that?
Do we trust that God is in control, regardless of whether things turn out the way we desire them to or not?
If our answer is, “Yes,” then how we respond is crucial to our witness for Jesus!
So I encourage you over the next few days (and beyond), put on a compassionate heart. Put on humility. Put on meekness. Put on patience.
Let’s make it a point not to gloat, pout, insult, or bemoan to others based on the results of this election. We are free in Christ to continue (or to begin) working towards the future we long to see in our nation, in our state, and in our community. We are free in Christ to express our beliefs and our opinions on all topics and issues – “win” or “lose.” But we are slaves to Christ in HOW we do those things!
Let’s choose to do do well.
Let’s choose to show compassion, kindness, meekness, patience, and forgiveness.
Let’s choose to trust God and His omnipotence. And let’s choose to represent Jesus to everyone, regardless of whether the candidate we voted for wins or loses.