One Week From Today

October 30, 2012

Last night the Lugg family gathered around the kitchen table and voted. We are one week away from Election Day. What follows is my newsletter piece that should arrive in your mailbox (if you attend at Bowman) either today or tomorrow. Our God has everything under control and we need to rest in this truth.

Once again it is time to elect a president. I dread election seasons like I dread dental visits. I know that they are necessary but they are so painful. I’m sure things could be much worse. Imagine what it must be like to live in a real battleground state, a place like Florida where you might actually have a sense that your vote for president really matters. No doubt, every imaginable medium is exploited, everything from TV commercials to automated phone calls.

While this election season is often frustrating, it is also special. In fact, the whole enterprise is wonderful. We don’t have a despot who once in office is almost never deposed; rather, we have a president who is elected every four years. Again, this is wonderful. It is easy to be perturbed at the buffoonish, arrogant comments that pervade the media during this election season, but again, how wonderful it is that we get to sort through the sewage and vote for the best possible person? While we might complain about the state of affairs in this great land of ours, when seriously questioned about a better place to live, we, to a person, would refrain from packing our bags when offered an alternate place to call home. We know in our heart of hearts that this is the best place to live. This is one area where the Tenth Commandment isn’t a problem.

So, given that there are no “For Sale” signs in our yards, how should we think about this election season? What follows in many ways reiterates much of what I wrote two years ago when we were once again moving through an election season. Again, how should we think as believers on the cusp of an election?

First, we pray for our country and our leaders. There isn’t anything more valuable than this. We do this because it makes sense and because we’re commanded to do so in 1Timothy 2:1-2. Second, not only do we pray for our leaders but we usually submit (Granted, there are times for disobedience, Acts 5:29.) to their direction, Romans 13:1-7. We pay a price if we don’t obey the government. Third, we are to honor our leaders, 1Peter 2:17. This can be more difficult than submitting to the government. Fourth, even though we often do not get our way, we still do what we can to affect our laws and government. We need to vote, write letters and sign petitions. God told the exiles in Babylon to “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare,” Jeremiah 29:7. Our effort to impact the political process is one way of seeking the welfare of our country. Fifth, remember that God is in control. The leaders we have aren’t in power by accident; rather they are in place because God put them in authority, Romans 13:1. God is still THE Ruler. It is always good to remember Psalm 2:1-4:

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.”

The laughing God rules over the vain pursuits of the nations. Finally, as Hebrews 12:28 says, we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Our real home isn’t northern California. We’re simply passing through. We’re strangers and exiles here, Hebrews 11:13. So as we enter the voting booth on November 6, let’s vote with light hearts knowing that God has already decreed the results and that ultimately the results will benefit his church. While elections are important, because God rules, we can rest in whatever outcome God has planned.



3 Responses to “One Week From Today”

  1. Terri J Says:

    Thanks for this reminder, Mark. It’s so difficult to avoid being pulled in and feeling burdened by the apparent urgency. I appreciate being reminded that I am to keep a Biblical perspective in all matters. We voted yesterday too.

  2. ancientcures Says:

    You have hit the nail squarely on the head. What a Great post and especially needed in this time of history. May the LORD Bless you for being obedient.

  3. Mark Says:

    Thanks for the encouragement you two. It will be interesting to see who wins the thing.

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