Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:7
This Gmail is being drafted prior to Tuesday’s election and as you read this, you know (most of the) results of yesterday’s election. Both locally and nationally we have experienced a politically charged and divided election season. It seems fitting to remind us all, regardless of our political affiliations (thank God we live in a democracy where we have the freedom to hold political affiliations!), to prioritize our Kingdom citizenship.
To that end, for the first time in 14 years of weekly Gmail, I’m recycling a Gmail! I sent this out two years ago before our last presidential election, not knowing who would win that election. The truth and perspectives shared then are still relevant for us today, perhaps more relevant for us today. Enjoy the read …
I have always endeavored to shepherd a Kingdom-minded church as opposed to a politically leaning church. While we have the honor of living in the United States of America, we all maintain dual citizenship; our political citizenship as Americans and our kingdom citizenship as followers of Jesus. Some Christians get their citizenship priorities mixed up.
This special email to you all comes not to persuade anyone to vote a certain way. I trust that each follower of Jesus, like myself, will prayerfully think through the myriad of propositions before us as well as our presidential options and vote his or her conscience.
I am convicted however, as your Lead Pastor, to provide an eternal perspective for us all.
While I am not a prophet (or the son of a prophet!), I have a prophecy for what the day after the election will bring: We will discover another day where God’s sovereignty will reign and God’s throne will still be occupied.
If HIStory proves anything, it clearly displays that never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. The Bible teaches just the opposite: The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will (Proverbs 21:1 ESV). Internalizing God’s sovereignty opens the door to hope. When we realize that God can influence the hearts of all rulers, we can then choose to pray for them rather than worry and argue about them. Rather than wag our fingers, we bend our knees; we choose prayer over despair.
Jeremiah served as a prophet to Israel during one of her darkest periods of rebellion. Jeremiah was referred to as “the weeping prophet” because he was one. He wept at the condition of the people and the depravity of their hearts. But then he considered the work of God. Read his words in Lamentations 3:21-23: Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, lift up your eyes, Church, and dare to honor our mandate in 1 Timothy 2:1-3, a mandate given to a pastor who shepherded a church in a culture much more godless and immoral than our own, under government officials who were extremely corrupt and immoral: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.
Now may the peace, presence, and power of the Lord Jesus envelope us all to walk as people of hope in these coming days!
I love being your pastor!