And the Winner is…
"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
(Daniel 2:20-21 NIV)
If I meet my deadline, you will be reading this as we stand on the cusp of potentially new national leadership and perhaps as you sit on the edge of your seat watching election results pour in. In the week to come, throughout the country, on the local, state, and national level, glasses will be raised in victory toasts while tears will simultaneously fall along with candidates in defeat and failed campaigns. Many voters will be upset about upsets unpredicted in the polls, while probably more than a few constituents will be ecstatic about their incumbents eking out the win by the narrowest of margins.
For many who proclaim their faith in Christ, the emotions, energy, expectations, and exasperation will equal that of those who put their hope in man. As Christians, we should know better. We need to remember that no matter who the president is now, Jesus Christ is King forever! No matter if political change sweeps the land, Our Savior is unchanging. As the Hebrew writer reminds us, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:11).”
The Scripture is very clear. We worship a God of wisdom and power, a God who changes time and seasons, a God who sets up those holding the highest office and then, if He chooses, deposes them from power. God is not surprised by or concerned with the leaders we elect. His focus is on those the Bible calls the elect, those who are led by His Holy Spirit and who have accepted His Son as Lord and Savior. Our choice for the highest office in the land is insignificant compared to our choice to follow the One Who Sits on High in Heaven.
On the Wednesday, week, or whenever after Tuesday’s election results are finalized and the winner is announced, no one in Heaven will stand up and cheer, because everyone in Heaven has already been cheering for over 2,000 years. During those two millennia many political leaders have defeated their opponents, but only one leader has defeated death. Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried for our sins. On the third day He rose again, clearly and resoundingly defeating death, but also defeating His underhanded and outmatched opponent Satan. The winner is Jesus, which means the winner is also anyone who puts their faith and trust in Christ.
My prayer is that once we get past this election, we can cross the political divide that has separated far too many Christians. I pray we will roll up our sleeves together and roll out another campaign, one that will unite us. I pray we wage a campaign against injustice, incivility and racism. I pray people will respect authority and that authority will respect people. I pray we become less intolerant and more empathetic, more vocal about unity in the Body of Christ, and less divisive. I pray we relinquish control of those things that have little impact on the Kingdom and focus on those things we can control that do, including our attitude, effort, and excitement about our Christian faith. I pray we become stronger together. Regardless of who we elect, I pray we remember Who we serve and Who saved us from an eternity of darkness. I pray we proclaim victory in Jesus.