Two Good Reminders on November 7

7 Nov

Elections are important . . .

1Timothy 2:1-6  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,   who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,  who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Let us pray for our leaders and pray for our fellow Americans. In areas where our country has moved away from the teachings of Scripture, pray for a turning of hearts to God. Where we can be a positive voice for biblical truth, let us make our voices heard.  In all things, let us act with love, whether it means confronting injustice or comforting the hurting. Finally, let us love the truth of the gospel more than love of country. It’s not that the love of country is unimportant, it is that love of Jesus is eternally important.

Philippians 3:18-21  For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Elections are not ultimate.

Psalm 93 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.  Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.  Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty! Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

When you die, what will matter is not who got your vote. What will matter is whether you trusted in Christ to save you from God’s wrath. What matters for Christians in the present time is whether we will truly live by godly principles on a personal and family and societal level.

So elections are important, but they are not ultimate. You should not despair if your candidate lost nor think all is well if your candidate won. Instead, all who have truly trusted in Christ should strive, through prayer and dependence on God, to live in ways that honor God as King and point to Jesus as Lord and Savior and the only true hope for the world.

 

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