Another U.S. election is in the books and a ‘winner’ has been found. President Barack Obama was reelected by just 2.5 million votes over his rival Mitt Romney. Blue prevailed over Red. The party of the middle class and the poor over the party of the marketplace and the rich. These symbols have been intentionally crafted and so we have come to believe that no Blue party will ever be good for business nor your personal pocketbook, and no Red party will ever really care for the poor and the disenfranchised. These symbols played over and over again every four years seem however to be creating deeper suspicion and division rather than respect and unity.
Today, at least half of the people in America are anywhere from relatively unhappy to extremely disappointed and outraged. The question then is, ‘was it worth it’?
For Christians this is an important question. Because depending on who you voted for, who you prayed would win, your response to the result will be very telling.
As usual, the folks over at the Gospel Coalition have posted an article that I encourage every believer in Christ, every Christian who truly believes that God’s Plan ‘A’ for this world is the church and not politics, even our beloved democracy, should read. Whether your guy lost last night and equally so, if your guy won last night, you should read this article. Here’s a quote to give you a taste…
If we suffer political defeat like those who have no hope but politics, we do not even commend ourselves, let alone the God who hung the moon and stars. But if we grieve as those who hope in the return of the King, those who trust in flawed politicians may one day see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven. Jesus did not give his life so we could watch cable news as if our lives depended on it. Jesus submitted to death ordered by rulers so we might never fear them. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Pet. 2:24.)
To read the whole article—click here
Finally, as Canadians we must be very careful not to be too puffed up today as we shake our heads while watching the political frenzy that is U.S. politics—the Red & Blue teams exist in Canada as well. As the wise sage once said, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9