I imagine that the title of this post caught your attention. If you know me, then you probably know that I am not crazy about talking politics. I do have strong opinions that I share with those whom I am closest with, but I am only outspoken on a few matters. The point of what I have to say today is not actually to talk about political platforms or to support any particular candidates. No, what I want to focus on is how we should handle the events that are about to unfold across the next 48 hours and beyond here in the USA.
No matter what happens, once all the votes are tallied, there are going to be winners and losers. In all likelihood, most people will experience a little bit of both. However, I am mainly focusing on the presidential election. I am not breaking any news when I say that this has been one of most contentious presidential races that this country has ever seen. Most people had their minds made up long before November 3rd. Sadly, we have spent the last few months in uncivilized discourse with each other. Name-calling, mockery, and bullying have been commonplace for both sides.
This has even been true of those who claim Christ as their savior. We have shed the armor of God for the suits of our political parties. That’s a shame. Understand that I am guilty of this as well. We have lost sight of what our identity is supposed to be. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” That is what our identity should be: Christ.
We are to be loving and kind, compassionate and caring, forgiving and encouraging. We have put that aside because we have political disagreements. Jesus told us himself, in John 13:35, that, “Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Our chief way of expressing to the world that we belong to Jesus is by our love for one another. There are no caveats or disclaimers attached to that love. I have read the Bible cover-to-cover multiple times, and not once did I see that our love for others was dependent upon them being in the same political party as us. Not once does it say that we can withhold our love if we have disagreements. Nowhere did I read that salvation is based on being a Republican or Democrat.
I’m not saying that having a political affiliation is bad or sinful. In fact, I think that it can be a good thing. I have my political leanings, but, if I’m being honest, neither party is perfect. Both have Christian values, and both have beliefs that I believe are contradictory to the faith. Our real issue is when we allow those political leanings to supersede Christ in our lives.
We need to keep the main thing that main thing. Christ dying for us and living through us is the main thing. All other things are temporary. So, on Wednesday (or the days following), when a victor is declared, remember who you are, whose you are, and who it is that lives in you. There will be winners and losers, but let us be gracious in victory and defeat. Let us encourage and support each other. Most importantly, let us show the world who we are by our love for each other. Anything less is short of Christ.