Throughout this election cycle, a phrase keeps appearing on my newsfeed which greatly disturbs me. It goes something like this,
“This election is such a mess, and I just don’t know what to do. Since I know God is in control anyway, I am just not going to vote.”
Though spoken by well intentioned friends, I believe their logic is DEEPLY FLAWED. What if we took this same rationale and applied it to the manner in which Christians engage the culture in general?
“This world is such a mess, and it’s only going to get worse. I don’t know what I could do that could possibly make a difference. Since I know God is in control anyway, I am going to hunker down, stay as safe as I can, and wait for Him to return.”
This represents the PRECISE OPPOSITE of the attitude with which Christians are called to conduct themselves.
Christ began His “Great Commission,” by assuring His followers that, “ALL authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”
He does not follow this announcement with a coddling,“So just relax, sit back, and watch Me work.”
He follows it up with an intense and fervent,“Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations.”
God’s sovereignty was never meant to be an excuse for inactivity, but our catalyst for bold, decisive action.
Christians should be the most comfortable and undaunted people on the planet in the face of giant messes because we alone possess ultimate assurance of victory, and come equipped with the Spirit that has already “overcome the world.”
The point of this article is not really to get you to vote, (though obviously if you are planning to abstain, I would ask you to reconsider), but to set the Body of Christ in motion, and to incite us to remain in motion, no matter what happens in November.
I have heard many conjecture that a Clinton, or a Trump, presidency has the power to end American life as we know it. While I happen to agree that this presidency has the potential to usher in devastation for believers and non-believers alike,
This doesn’t mean we sit back and do nothing, swallowing the defeatist rhetoric, “It’s too late for America.”
God can do ANYTHING HE WANTS, with or without our help. The astounding truth is that He has chosen us to be His vessels of power and love and light. We are literally called His “hands” and His “feet,” not because of any strength in us, but because of His ever-moving, all powerful strength in us.
We can’t use “God is in control” as an excuse for our lack of activity, because in this life, God moves primarily THROUGH us.
Please understand that I am not equating the United States of America with the Kingdom of God, this would be a tragic error. America the country and the Body of Christ within America are two entirely separate entities. The Kingdom of God is not subject to the laws or boundaries of any earthly nation. Its citizens are not trademarked or monopolized by any earthly people group.
That being said, the United States has at least historically stood as a bastion for Christianity and our ability to practice and promote our beliefs freely. This is a good thing. To lose this status would be a sad and mournful event.
I bring this up because I have noticed a disconcerting trend among believers in discussing this election. An alarming number of friends have freely mentioned the demise of America as something they would welcome, even relish. While I am not frightened by the idea of persecution, and get excited at the prospect of Christ’s return, I do not think it is healthy to wish for the destruction of religious freedom, or the downfall of a nation that has been so good to us.
If we possess the ability to do something to preserve our country, we should do it.
Even more importantly, if we possess the ability to do something for our people, we should do it. No president can govern the hearts of its citizenry. The responsibility for setting the spiritual tempo of our nation has been left up to us.
I just get the feeling that some people are choosing a hands off approach to cultural engagement because they figure the faster the downfall, the faster Christ will return.
They justify their lack of effort as honorable believing that it will somehow hasten the coming of the King.
I’ve got news for us folks.
Christ is going to return, when the Father says He is going to return, regardless of our input.
Want to bring the Kingdom of God to earth?…Live like Jesus, who said, “The coming of the Kingdom is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the Kingdom of God is in your midst.”
The Kingdom has already begun its expansion through the Presence of Christ in you.
The Kingdom of God that my Jesus lived out is not about sitting and waiting for a Holy God to pronounce judgment on a fallen planet.
The Kingdom of God that my Jesus lived out is about pouring out our life blood for a dying world in the hopes that “no one would perish.”
Our responsibility as the church is never to throw up our hands and declare, “This is just too far gone.”
That’s not our decision to make.
Whether Christ returns tomorrow, or in another thousand years, we are commanded to give EVERYTHING we have for the people around us, “making the most out of every opportunity, because the days are evil” and the time is short.
It’s ok, it’s good, to yearn for Christ to return.
It’s not ok to give up on the world in the meantime.
If it was “too late” for anybody, it was too late for Nineveh. This brutal, ancient culture used to make a common practice of piling their defeated enemy’s disembodied heads at the gates of their city. Yet God spoke through the reluctant Jonah, and brought about a revolution in the hearts of its citizens that everyone else had written off as beyond hope.
Even if this is the event that God uses to usher in the end of our status as a superpower, even if it’s “too late for America,” the nation, it’s NOT too late for the woman down your street whom you know is in desperate need of the truth. It’s NOT too late for the dying church in the neighboring town that could use your talents and energy. It’s NOT too late for your co-worker, or your aunt, or your child’s teacher.
Just because we can’t fix everything, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do anything.
This is how the Body of Christ is designed to work. Each member, doing his own little part, to complete one small piece of the larger work of His Kingdom.
Let’s stop using God’s sovereignty as a shield to cower behind, but as a shield to march forward into battle behind, confident that as a citizen of God’s Kingdom, despite the fate of our chosen presidential candidate,
victory is ours.
1.) Matthew 28:18
2.) John 16:33
5.) Luke 17:20-37
7.) Revelation 19