Count Down to the Election: Knowing the Rights and Wrongs
Last week Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Parties Presidential Nominee. Last night the incumbent President, Barrack Obama accepted his party’s nomination as the Democratic Nominee for President. The political “season” has officially been launched. There are now sixty (60) days until the election day.
We, as believers must remember that we do not have the right, nor do we have a license to be unrighteous in our attitudes and actions during the political season. We cannot excuse or celebrate innuendos, lies, gossip, hate-speech, or creating dissension in the body of Christ. Regardless of the accepted axiom that politics and religion are such “hot-topics” that they should not be discussed, we must refrain from unbiblical activity.
We must stand above these sins like any other sin. As Christians we must set the standard of Christ-likeness in all things including politics. Having said these things let me suggest seven things that Christians need to know about this election.
1. God is sovereign and in charge.
2. Believers are commanded to pray for our government and governmental leaders.
3. All men, including government leaders are human and therefore sinners
4. The outcome of this election will not take God by surprise nor will it affect His eternal decrees and purposes.
5. Regardless of what party is in charge and what platform is being pushed, Christian conduct (as given in Scripture) is never rescinded.
6. Christians are not to be distracted by anything, including politics. Believers are to be sober, alert, watchful, and waiting for their blessed hope, the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
7. Christians are not citizens of this world, but strangers and pilgrims, searching for a city made by God. However, as “citizens” of this country. Not only do we have a right to be involved in the political process, but we have a moral responsibility to be involved.