Election Reminder

I figured we all need at least one more reminder about the election, right? You know, just in case every single app on your phone hasn’t done the job.

Hold up. Please don’t close this window. This is not a reminder to vote (although I hope you have or will). This is also not going to be instructions on how to vote disguised as a reminder.

I’m taking on a different goal. I want to remind you of some things in a way that will help you survive this week. Some truths that can guide us all through the stress and craziness of an election in a year like this one. My hope is to encourage you, regardless of your preference for red or blue.

Election Reminder #1 – There will be no surprises

Of course, we all know this. God is never surprised. But do we act like it? An even harder question is, do we react like it?

Let’s go a little further into this idea. We know God won’t be falling off his throne on Tuesday night, Wednesday morning, or whenever this election is decided. We know this because He is in control of it.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1

God will not be startled because God appoints all leaders. Presidents, judges, kings, emperors, teachers, bosses, and mayors. They all hold their positions because God has allowed it, ordained it, and instituted it.

There are so many facets of this truth. Too many for one blog post for sure. But consider that God raises up some leaders to bring blessings to the people, and some he raises up to bestow punishment on the people. He raises up some to deliver and some to discipline. He gives leaders that are desired and he gives leaders that are despised.

Remember, Paul wrote these words to the church in Rome. The Romans were the leaders he was talking about. Yes, those Romans.

No matter what happens with this election, remember this truth. These are the leaders God wants for us at this time. We may not understand his purposes or his ways (they are often beyond our reach), but we can trust His sovereignty over all things. Even an election in 2020.

Election Reminder #2 – The mandates are still in place

The word mandate has left its own unique mark in 2020, and it might not be done yet. However, as followers of Jesus, our mandates are firmly established and will not be affected Tuesday’s results. Not even a little.

Our mandate is to love God and love our neighbor. The ones that vote like you and the ones that are wrong. <<<Just put that in there to see if you were paying attention.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” –Jesus (John 14:15)

The mandates to care for orphans and to minister to widows won’t change with the resident of the White House. Our calling to fight for the unborn, the mistreated, the marginalized, the discriminated, and the outcast is not dependent upon a court no matter how supreme it claims to be.

Our assignment to be the salt and light will be the same when we wake up on Wednesday.

Side note: the hope to end abortion may not ever be found in Washington. Instead, that hope can be found at your local pregnancy resource center where they minister to women, meet real needs, share the gospel, and save lives. Your support of their work and ministry could actually make a much bigger impact than your vote.

Election Reminder #3 – The mission hasn’t been cancelled

A common mission brings people together. It reminds us that we are on the same team with the same goals. Jesus gave His followers (the church) a mission.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

That mission is our mission until Jesus returns. Period. And staying engaged in this mission will keep us united. It will remind us of the work in which we all have a part. It will cause us to sacrifice for the greater good. Alongside our brothers and sisters.

iGo’s own Ky Martin said this in his sermon at Crosspoint Community Church this past Sunday:

“No matter the sign in your yard, [as a Christ-follower] you have more in common with people who are a part of the church than you do your unbelieving neighbor, who maybe shares the same political beliefs. You fit in with the church because we are one in Christ. He has diminished and conquered any dividing lines between us.” –Ky Martin

Making Him famous is the life goal we have in common. Staying engaged in this mission will help you live out this truth.

Oh, and don’t miss that promise at the end of the Great Commission. Jesus promises to be with us. Always. Even to the end of the age.

Even through this election. Don’t forget that.

Lance Shumake