So the election is over. Now what?
Do we just hold on and brace ourselves for another one in four years, spending those four years arguing about everything along the way?
Election cycles mean constant change in our government. Every year new candidates get elected to different offices, with different policies and positions. The only thing constant is change. Unfortunately, too many people put their hope in the results of an election. Although, I suppose if I were to post a poll and ask where your hope lies, your response would likely be “Jesus”. Though oftentimes, our lives don’t always match that answer. We’re restless and anxious and irritable and angry from the effects of politics. Satan has lured American Christianity into being seduced by politics. It stirs emotions like nothing else in America.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. As a pastor, I truly am less concerned about who you voted for than I am how we treat one another along the way. In this series we are in, we are looking at the passage where the Apostle Paul says the goal of his instruction is to love with a pure heart, a sincere faith, and a clear conscience (1 Tim 1:5). For the world, that is impossible. They can be nice and get along with others, but those in the world do not have the capacity to love from a pure heart. They are in the kingdom of darkness (Col 1:13), in the domain of the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:1-3). So they are left with no choice but to be blinded to the truth and be led by the spirit of disobedience. That spirit appears to be at work by Satan in the news media and social media to stoke the flames of division.
We were all once in that domain of darkness. Because of Adam’s sin, that one man’s transgression, sin came into the world and, consequently, we were children of wrath by nature. But because of one man’s obedience and His (Jesus) work on the cross, we can be made righteous. (Romans 5:12-21 for further study).
So now by faith, we have been washed, we have been justified, we have been sanctified in the name of Jesus (1 Cor 6:11). We are now children of light (1 Thess 5:5), citizens of heaven (Phil 3:20) who have been transferred into the kingdom of Jesus (Col 1:13). When we put our faith in Christ, we are crucified with Him (Gal 2:20), our hearts are circumcised (Rom 2:29), and God pours His love into our hearts (Rom 5:5).
Which means we no longer have an evil, wicked, deceitful heart. We now have that pure heart the Apostle Paul tells us to love with. It’s with that heart that we can love others in a way that would be a glorious contradiction to the world around us, and when someone asks us why we are the way we are, we get to tell them about Jesus.
You know….the ONE who sits on His throne FOREVER.
Don’t grow weary from election infection. Stand firm on His Word and the truth of who you are as a new creation and an ambassador of the kingdom of Light.