Well it’s the day we have all been waiting for or the day we have all been dreading-the day we get to head out the door and cast our vote for the next president of our country. This election has been reported to be the most important election in the history of our country. I suppose there is some truth to that claim, however it seems that each successive election is the most important election in our nation’s history. Things undoubtedly will change in our country, no matter who is elected president and that is in some ways a troubling thought, however, there are some things that will not change-things that no president can touch, things that ought to give us purpose and joy for all eternity.
I don’t intend to diminish the importance of this election, but no matter what transpires in the next 24 hours, there are a few constants that we can be sure will not change. First, God is still sovereign and working all things according to the counsel of his will (Eph. 1:13). Second, Christ has overcome the curse of the fall for all who would believe and as a result nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:13; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 8:37-39). Thirdly, Christ will return and gather all his children to himself and we will be with Him in glory (Col. 3:4; 2 Cor. 3:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17).
Have you ever read the book of Revelation? I have, more than once, and I still am not sure exactly how things are going to end, but one thing is for sure-Christ is going to win and that means that everyone who has believed on him will win as well. We will reign with Him, we will be with Him for eternity and everything that has gone terribly wrong in this sin-filled world will be made right. And most importantly we will see our beautiful savior in all His glory unfettered by the bonds of sin and we will be filled with unspeakable joy for all eternity!
This reality of Christ’s return to finally bring the world under his eternal reign and rule is the reality that drove Paul to conclude that, to die and be with Christ “is far better” (Phil. 1:23). When Jesus told the apostle John, “Surely I am coming soon,” John responded by saying, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20).
As I have kept an eye on the ongoings of this election, I have become increasingly cynical. No matter who is elected, I don’t feel that my values will be upheld. What I have found most encouraging in the midst of my cynicism is a hefty dose of Revelation! Let me explain. The first three chapters of Revelation are composed of letters to seven different churches. In fact Revelation was written in large part to encourage these churches. Many of these churches were facing severe persecution. Persecution of the type that the United States knows little of. In Revelation 1-3, John repeatedly writes to “the one who conquers” or “the one who overcomes.” Why does John do this? He wants to encourage these Christians to remain faithful to Christ in the midst of persecution. He wants to remind them that our treasure is not on this earth but in heaven.
Perhaps we need that reminder as Christians on election day. No matter what happens today, our purpose as Christians, to worship Christ and make him known, will not change. The call to go and make disciples of all nations will not change. I strongly doubt, no matter what the results of this election, that we will face the kind of persecution that the seven churches in Revelation faced, but nonetheless we can learn from John’s encouragement to them to overcome, to conquer, to trust Christ and be faithful to Him no matter what the circumstances.
So what should we do on election day? By all means pray and vote, but perhaps more importantly, I suggest we worship the Lord sitting on His throne. I suggest we make plans to have dinner with our lost neighbors-as my pastor encouraged our congregation on Sunday, invite them to “come and see” what we are all about! I suggest we take time this evening to pray with our families, not just for our nation but for each other that we would each grow in our love for Christ and be strengthened in our fight against the flesh.
If tomorrow you wake up and your candidate has lost-do not despair but as one who overcomes, pray, share the good news of Jesus Christ, and worship the King who was and is and is to come (Rev. 1:4).