I am thoroughly enjoying the 2016 Presidential race, for a number of reasons.

First, it’s the little space of time that happens every four years where you will actually hear IFB pastors say the word “election.” (Ba-dum-shh)

Second, it really reveals a bunch about people. You get to see clearly which baskets people are storing their eggs in.

It seems that hope, faith, and an enduring trust in God’s sovereignty flies out the window the minute campaign season comes up. 

“We need a president who will fix what the last guy did!” “This leader will really turn things around.” “This is the one that can get our nation turned back toward God!”

We see a candidate that we agree with, and we put all our trust in him or her. We buy the bumper sticker, the t-shirt, the guaca bowl…no, seriously, that was a thing. For the entire campaign, everything rides on this. Every “Thanks, Obama” moment can be resolved – if my guy gets elected. I remember a few years ago, the tension as voting day drew closer, and everyone at church was on the edge of their pew. The weeks were dragging by, when – oh when – would Romney take office and clean up this mess! I also remember the bummed out church folk after the election, when the man “responsible” – at least in their mind – for every major catastrophe had locked down four…more…years.

It’s not just Republicans though.

Many are looking to Bernie Sanders as the answer to every corrupt businessman and unnecessary war. They look to the democratic party for freedom from debt, oppression, and lack of opportunity for the middle class.

Both sides are missing it.

I’m not sure whether I’m going to vote this year. There was a candidate I believed would have been the right choice for this time in American history. However, they are no longer in the race. I won’t go into who that person was here, because for someone on either side, that may detract from the message I am trying to convey.

The fact of the matter is, the power we feel in a democratic society can tend to override our understanding of God’s power. We forget that we can’t outvote God. While we do have moral obligation to speak the gospel into cultural situations, which can lead to us getting involved in politics, the result is not our responsibility. We are just required to act in accordance with God’s moral law and our God-given conscience.

The wrong candidate does not necessarily mean we failed. We could live honoring to God, speak the Gospel clearly into cultural situations, and the nation could continue to spiral toward unrepentant sin.

Should we fear for ourselves? Should we question the power of the Gospel? No.

Regardless of who ends up in the White House, the laws that are passed, the changes in society, we must simply continue as individual Christians to strive for righteousness by His grace.Not because the fate of America rests in our hands, but because God commands us to. Period.

As for the results themselves, God holds them in His sovereign hand. No matter what happens in this country, we must remember that it is being carefully orchestrated and maintained by God for His own glory.

“For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” – Romans 13:1b

“He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;” – Daniel 2:21

Whether America receives grace or wrath, God will be glorified. You can trust in that this election season.

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