A week has passed since the 2012 Presidential Election, and many (who voted like me) are still licking their wounds and awaiting armageddon. OK. That may be a bit too strong, but that is what it has at times seemed like to speak with those who (like me) did not support the re-election of Barrack Obama.
I understand the disappointment, and even the concerns. But what troubles me, more than anything else, is when I hear Christians demonizing other people, especially other Christians, just because they voted for Obama. I do not want to minimize the passions. I just want us to regain our perspective.
Here is a penetrating question posed by one writer:
If I feel more of a kindred solidarity with those who share my politics but not my faith than I feel with those who share my faith but not my politics, what does it say about me?
I find that question, which I read in piece by Scott Sauls in Redeemer City to City, to be an excellent perspective-shaping querry.
Sauls goes on, and profoundly answers his own question:
“… It suggests that I have sold out to Rome. I have rendered to God what belongs to Caesar, and to Caesar what belongs to God.”
Maybe you can’t bring yourself to agree with Sauls’ specific conclusion. But I hope you will find his prevailing premise resonates with you, as it does with me. In short, if you find yourself more akin with folks who share your political persuasions than you do those who share your faith foundations, something is amiss.
So, if either of the following describes you:
- You are struggling with resentment about the results of our recent election, or when you find yourself in the midst of people who voted for Obama
- You are so elated that you find it difficult to refrain from gloating and you feel twinges of subtle delight for any opportunity you get to rub Obama’s re-election in the face of your more conservative colleagues
… let me encourage you to consider Sauls’ whole article: To My Elated & Despairing Post-Election Friends.
Here is what I have been reminding myself for the past week: God says, “I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” (Psalm 2.6) That’s all I really need to know.
The Kingdom of Heaven is bigger than a political party.