(John 18:36) Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would fight so that I might not be delivered to the Jews. But now My kingdom is not from here. (Mark 12:14) And coming, they said to Him, Teacher, we know that you are true and you care about no one. For you do not look to the face of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? (Mark 12:17) And answering Jesus said to them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at Him.
Today is Election Day 2014 here in the USA and there is much talk about who is going to control the Congress after today. As Christians we have a civic responsibility to vote however I’m not sure if we have a moral one. I voted today and as I examined the ballot in some cases I didn’t vote for either candidate. Personally I don’t believe in choosing the lesser of two evils. Some who are considered Christians may ascribe to the notion that God supports one party or another. Nothing can be further from the truth in our scripture text Jesus did not involve himself in the politics of the day. The children of Israel were under Roman authority and anxiously looking for a messiah to deliver them from Roman rule. However when questioned, Jesus did not allow himself to be trapped into the politics of the day. In John 18 Jesus let everyone know including us today that his kingdom was not of this world. As followers of Christ we should not get so tied up in the politics of the day that we lose focus on the mandate that Jesus left for us all to spread the Gospel.
When considering whom to vote for we should always pray and ask god through his Holy Spirit to guide us. At the same time Jesus through the scriptures lets us know his concerns. He does provide a group of concerns that we should apply to our daily lives and we should also see where candidates actually measure up to what Jesus concerns really are. In the scriptures we find these words (Mat 25:34) Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (Mat 25:35) For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; (Mat 25:36) I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. (Mat 25:37) Then the righteous shall answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You? Or thirsty, and gave You drink? (Mat 25:38) When did we see You a stranger, and took You in? Or naked, and clothed You? (Mat 25:39) Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You? (Mat 25:40) And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me. How do we as Christian’s measure up here? How do potential politicians and current politicians measure up here?
God never changes and we can look at scripture to see that no matter who is elected to office God is still in control. (Dan 4:25) They shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. And they shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He will. (Dan 4:26) And in that they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; your kingdom shall be sure to you after you have known that Heaven rules. (Dan 4:27) Therefore, O king, let my advice be pleasing to you, and break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, whether there will be duration to your prosperity. (Dan 4:28) All this came on the King Nebuchadnezzar.
We can also look at what the Apostle Paul said (Rom 13:1) Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority but of God; the authorities that exist are ordained by God. (Rom 13:2) So that the one resisting the authority resists the ordinance of God; and the ones who resist will receive judgment to themselves. (Rom 13:3) For the rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the bad. And do you desire to be not afraid of the authority? Do the good, and you shall have praise from it. No matter who is elected to office anywhere God is still in control. So as we stated earlier don’t lose focus keep spreading the Good News no matter who is in office one thing remains constant The King of Kings will soon be taking over and the world will finally experience true peace Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.