Christians, Politics, and the Uncertainty of the Future
What does the election mean to American Christians?
The word "election" is both a theological and political word. Theologically, it is mentioned over and over in the Bible in reference to our salvation. However, as it is being used today, it refers most often to our democratic process of government.
This year's presidential election marks 196 years of U.S. citizens using both the popular vote and the Electoral College to decide our president. It's been an amazing time with all the controversy surrounding the presidential election. It has also been a time of much national soul-searching.
But what does it mean to American Christians? We've all worried over which of these men--George W. Bush or Al Gore--will become president. But we should keep some perspective: Whoever wins will be guided by God's hand. In that sense, we can't go wrong.
As Americans, we go to the polls and attempt to select the person we believe is best for the job and who will most likely represent our ideologies best.
As Christians, we pray we are making the right choice. And we pray that when the dust settles, God's man will be the president. We even go so far as to believe God will ultimately have his will enacted--but are we ready to leave the process in God's hands?
In Romans 11:1, God turned the Israelites over to themselves. That would be a terrible thing to happen to this nation--to find ourselves in such a predicament, totally left to our own devices. Thank God he has not done this to us.
God puts man's ability to the test by letting us decide whom we will trust. (Romans 11:4).