Tonight is Christmas morning for news junkies!
I’ll be channel surfing and and monitoring my favorite online news sites for the latest election results that will affect the economy, taxes, the Iraq War and gay marriage propositions. (Indiana will be one of the first states to report in at 6 pm, so if Republican John McCain wins the Hoosier state, he has a fighting chance; if Democrat Barack Obama wins this traditionally Republican state, the dominoes will begin falling his wayand I may be in bed by 10 pm.)
However, I don’t think God will be following the results quite as closely.
When Jesus was on earth, we have no record of Him addressing the economy, yet a good percentage of the Palestinian population lived in poverty. He never mentioned the corrupt tax system except to say, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s.” And He lived in a region occupied by the Romans, but He never mentioned it. He didn’t even comment on the blatant homosexual behavior and child sex trade that was rampant throughout the Roman empire.
Instead, Jesus chose to address individuals’ relationships to God and their neighbors. Take a look at the Sermon on the Mount and you won’t find a single political issue. But you will find strong teaching against pride, hate, hypocrisy, worry, lust and building lives on earthly foundations.
So, I will pray His “will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” but I won’t be overly concerned if my will is not validated by the election results. God’s will will be accomplished, and His will is much larger than the confines of the U.S. borders and the 2008 election. Most important, His usual modus operandi is to accomplish His will through individuals who follow His Son’s teachingsrarely through human governments.
We can be assured that “. . . in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose . . . to be conformed to the likeness of his Son” (Romans 8:28-29). And that includes elections.