election day thoughts
First, as Christians, we are to participate in the kingdom of God first and foremost and not spend our time, energy, and trust trying to improve the kingdoms of this world, in whatever forms they may come in (liberal, conservative, communist, or dictatorship…). We are called to an alternative kingdom, and our time, energy, and trust should be dedicated to that King.
Second, vote or don’t vote, but don’t believe the myth that voting will change the world. The way you live every day will. The way the church embodies the gospel in the world will. God bringing the kingdom will. But voting will not change the world. No matter what we vote, we are still choosing a government that cares about it’s own security, economy, and power, and is willing to use violence to preserve it. Voting is attempting to choose between the lesser of two evils in a complicated world filled with unwanted outcomes and consequences.
Third, remember that political idolatry is far to easy to fall into. If you find yourself defending a political ideology you have probably already started to idolize it- to put your hope in it- to believe that there is redeeming/saving/transforming power within a path of the kingdom of this world. Vote, don’t vote, have political opinions, or not, but remember that idolatry is far far to easy to fall into when it comes to politics. As Christians our hope lies in Christ, and his kingdom.
Finally, I leave you with the lyrics to one of my favorite songs… “A Savior on Capitol Hill” by Derek Webb
I’m so tired of these mortal men
with their hands on their wallets and their hearts full of sin
scared of their enemies, scared of their friends
and always running for re-election
so come to DC if it be thy will
because we’ve never had a savior on Capitol Hill
you can always trust the devil or a politician
to be the devil or a politician
but beyond that friends you’d best beware
’cause at the Pentagon bar they’re an inseparable pair
and as long as the lobbyists are paying their bills
we’ll never have a savior on Capitol Hill
all of our problems gonna disappear
when we can whisper right in that President’s ear
he could walk right across the reflection pool
in his combat boots and ten thousand dollar suit
you can render unto Caesar everything that’s his
you can trust in his power to come to your defense
it’s the way of the world, the way of the gun
it’s the trading of an evil for a lesser one
so don’t hold your breath or your vote until
you think you’ve finally found a savior up on Capitol Hill
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