I have to admit, this is one time I’m a bit concerned about the outcome of an election.
And it’s not because of who might win or who might lose.
I’m concerned about the lasting impact this election could have on the church; specifically, on individual Christians.
- I’m afraid the fear will last. Many Christians are acting on fear when they think about voting. Fear that the wrong candidate will win. Fear of economic problems. Fear of foreigners. Fear of cultural change.
- I’m afraid Christians will believe that power and influence are the way to change our world, rather than following the lead of the Lamb.
- I’m afraid Christians will put their hope in the winner. Too many feel that politicians can fix what’s wrong with this country. Too many think that participating in politics or not participating in politics will determine the moral course of this nation.
- I’m afraid Christians will believe the talk of American exceptionalism, identifying more with a country of this world than with the Kingdom of heaven.
- I’m afraid Christians will identify more with those in power than the marginalized. I’m afraid we’ll forget that we are immigrants and foreigners, not full-fledged citizens.
- I’m afraid the violence and hatred, fighting and division will bleed over into the church.
Christians need to be sure that the Kingdom shapes their politics and not vice versa. No matter who gets elected in November. I don’t care who wins. I just don’t want Christians to lose their identity.