The two Sunday prior to this one I’ve been away (volunteering at the Columbus stop for the Unashamed Tour and last Sunday helping teach 10-12 year-old Royal City Kids at church), so it’s nice to reflect on a Sunday again!
Our friend and pastor, Rich Johnson, finished a three-part sermon series yesterday titled Give Us a King. I’ve heard great things about the previous two Sundays, and was looking forward to listening what God has shown him. Here are a few of the notes I took, and I’ll wrap up with a review below these.
Although I might not agree with my pastor on some things, I really do think he did a TREMENDOUS job on pointing us to scripture when contemplating such a sticky subject like politics.
Before I share some key points I took away from this sermon I think it’s fair to inform you that my pastor and friend shared with our congregation that he is actually going to be one of the 1,372,899 that will be voting for Jesus. That’s a VERY interesting choice for me, that I won’t even attempt to agree or disagree with online.
I respect that Rich, and obviously many other African Americans in this country, were passionate about Obama getting their vote back in 2008. I don’t know what that felt like, but I understand and believe it meant quite a bit for that to happen.
Thankfully Rich has shared his points on why he won’t be voting for Obama or voting for Romney online. I’m not sure voting for Jesus in an election makes too much sense, to be honest. Sure, it says something, but I don’t believe it accomplishes a thing. Here are a few other things that Rich shared, specifically on how Christians should go to the polls in two weeks.
- Vote with dual-citizenship (1 Peter 2:11, Philippians 3:20) – view a list of rights and responsibilities of US citizens here
- Vote with a spirit of peace (Jeremiah 29:7, Titus 3:1-2) – speak evil of no one, avoid quarreling
- Vote with knowledge (Proverbs 28:2, 1 Kings 3:9) – don’t be swayed by ads
- Vote with the voiceless in mind (Proverbs 31:8-9) – unborn, prisoner, foreigner, prostitute, orphan
- Vote with prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-3) – regardless of who wins, don’t pray to get them out, but pray for God’s kingdom to come down
- Vote without hope – with assurance (Proverbs 21:1) – God is in control of the kings
I believe Jesus is King. He doesn’t need our vote, He needs our life. This country continues to run further away from God. I am not saying that it ever was in perfect harmony with God, and I don’t think it’s possible for an entire country to even come close to accomplishing that. America is in the same spot Israel once was in, but the troubling truth is that God chose Israel and will never let go of them. He didn’t make that promise to any other nation.
I truly believe that God is growing more angry with our country and our churches. Is He allowing us to fail (which we obviously are)? Is He allowing us to have kings that lead us to failure, regardless of their race, religion, policies, or even their qualifications to be commander in chief? Possibly. I don’t know about you, but I feel like we are in the wilderness and not repentant enough for even the small ways we neglect our Creator. Thankfully, God (Father / Son / Holy Spirit) doesn’t stoop low enough to engage in politics. America needs God to bless it. God doesn’t need to bless America.
I’ll be listening to my pastor’s challenge to vote, but I’ll do my country a bigger favor and be praying. It needs that much more than it needs my vote. I’m not entirely concerned who wins this election, I am eternally concerned that this world grabs a hold of the everlasting hope from the one and only God who loves them unconditionally. Whether they are on the left or the right, straight or homosexual, successful or homeless, lived a long life or aborted/murdered too soon, black or white, male or female, mormon or christian, and the list could go on.