The midterm elections were important. The votes we cast will have implications for our families and our children. Still, politics is not the Gospel and regardless of which party is in power, there is no political solution to our nation’s problems. Our only hope is in a massive revival and awakening.
1) Let’s not lose our perspective
God is still God, the Bible is still His Word, and we are called to be disciples and make disciples. Period.
Unfortunately, as American Christians, we often get obsessed with politics. It’s understandable, given our Judeo-Christian foundations and the nature of our freedoms. But when we get caught up in the political fray just like the world does, something is wrong.
We do well to think back to ancient Rome, where many of the first believers lived. There was no democracy. They had no vote to cast. And the emperors were decidedly anti-Christian (sometimes manically so). Yet the Gospel still thrived. How much more should this be the case for the Church of America!
2) Exercising faith is different to voting
We put our faith in a perfect Savior who cannot fail and who never changes. Jesus the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)!
In contrast, we vote for an imperfect person who is part of an imperfect party which is part of an imperfect system. Big, big difference.
Consequently, if we put our trust in a politician or in a party, at some point, we will be disappointed and maybe even ashamed. If we put our trust in the living God, we will never be disappointed or ashamed. And I mean never.
3) We’re citizens of Heaven
We are blessed to be American citizens, but we are even more blessed to be citizens of a heavenly kingdom.
Having traveled to 30 countries during roughly 200 trips outside the USA, I truly appreciate our country. And I consider myself blessed to be an American citizen. But my highest loyalty is to God’s eternal Kingdom, not to any earthly kingdom. In fact, it is my loyalty to God’s Kingdom which helps me the best possible citizen here in America.
That’s why when people shout, “America first!”, I agree with the sentiments and I disagree. On the one hand, I do agree that it’s important to make our nation strong and healthy. In fact, a strong and healthy America can help other nations too. But for me, there’s something beyond patriotism, and that’s the Great Commission. This must be the first priority for every believer.
4) America can’t be good without God
To make America great, America must be good. We all know the MAGA acronym. “Make America great again!” But, as I emphasized in Saving a Sick America, America cannot be great unless America is good, and America cannot be good without God. To repeat: Our only hope is a massive revival and awakening.
What will bring healing to our massive divisions? What will end the culture of death in our land? What will that turn back the angry, rising tide of radical feminism? Any gains we make will only exasperate the divisions and enflame the opposition and hatred. That’s why, along with praying for pro-life justices and the end of Roe v. Wade, we need to pray for national awakening and give ourselves to the Great Commission.
5) God’s house not the White House
The key to America’s future is in God’s house, not the White House. I know this can sound trite, but it’s true.
We are the salt of the earth. But it we lose our saltiness, the nation loses its conscience. We are the light of the world. But it we stop shining brightly, the nation stumbles in darkness. We have the ministry of reconciliation. But if we cannot unite as believers and if we cannot be peacemakers, the nation will tear itself apart.
We have the answers to life’s deepest problems. But if we cannot live by the wisdom of our own holy book — God’s Word — then our country will lose its bearings.
6) Our passion for God must be greater
Our passion for the Lord must be greater than our passion for politics.
Just think. If we prayed and shared the Gospel and loved our neighbor and gave to God’s work with the same passion that we talk about politics, America would be transformed. So, yes, it’s so important that we vote in each election. But it’s far more important that we love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. We do the former (vote) while we emphasize the latter (loving God and neighbor).
And that’s why, while I continue to address moral and cultural and political issues, I am committed above all to a Gospel-based, Jesus-centered, Spirit-empowered national awakening. It starts with you and me.