Core scripture: “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” (Titus 3:1-2)
Message: Election Day 2020 is here. What a crazy way to end quite possibly the most insane year of our lives! Judging from what 2020 has brought us, we must ground ourselves in our Christian faith this week. So many thoughts flood my mind on how I should behave, react, and simply live my life as we prepare for what is to come.
First of all, we must know who to vote for. Will every candidate epitomize the biblical values we believe in? Certainly not; however, when I voted early last week, I tried to base my decisions on the candidates that were closest to resembling Christian morals and values. I used a Christian website listed below to help me make my choices. Check it out!
Another thing to keep in mind is your speech. With all the political ads that bash and slander opponents, we might be tempted to join in. A wonderful prayer to recite is Psalm 141:3 which states, “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” Focus your words on the good of the candidate you have chosen. Don’t get sucked into silly mud-slinging debates. A wise man once said when you wrestle with a pig, you both get messy—and the pig likes it.
Next, whomever our country elects, those people deserve our respect. Romans 13:1 states, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” We may not agree with everything elected officials do, but we can live out the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23—especially self-control. Remember that God can use anyone for His glory.
This leads me into my last point for the day: God is in control. Psalm 103:19 reminds us, “The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” Trust in that promise! He indeed has a plan, and His perfect plan will come to fruition. Need a reminder? God used the most hideous, gruesome death ever, the cross, to show how much He loved us, freeing us from sin. If God can do that, He can certainly handle Election Day 2020.
Whatever the outcome, let your conduct this week show that you are a Christian. Be proud of our shared beliefs. Be unashamed! And if others ask you about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it (1 Peter 3:15).
Challenge: Get out and vote. Base your decisions on the faith we have in common, and be prepared to humbly defend your choices based on scripture.
Other scripture: Life 88.5 is a local Christian radio station that has a website to help Christian voters. Check it out on the link below:
Prayer points: Make an effort to pray this week over the following list.
- Pray for the right government officials to be elected.
- Pray that our country would not be divided over the results of the election.
- Our beloved daytime custodian, Carlos, passed away last week. Please pray for Carlos’ family, friends, and the staff here in our building as we mourn his passing.
Just for fun: Saturday Night Live is well known for their debate impersonations. This clip gives a few highlights that are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Prayer: Lord, whatever may happen on Election Day 2020, may we realize You are in control of it all. Amen.