*This is kind of a political post, and kind of not one.
That sounds like a funny question right? What does the apostle Paul, the man who wrote the majority of the New Testament and shared the gospel with Gentiles like me, have to do with the election?
I don’t know, actually, but he keeps coming to my mind when I think about how we Christians are behaving when it comes to the two candidates on the ballot for November. I am not going to say who I am voting for, but I am pretty sure that you are a smart person, and based on my beliefs, you can probably guess. And I am okay with that.
Apostle Paul is one of my favorite people in the bible. Most of us who study God’s word and desire to share it with others often share a mini crush on Paul. He speaks the truth, there is nothing PC about him. His words that he penned, inspired by the Holy Spirit have encouraged us and convicted us as we walk with our Lord and shout the good news to the masses.
But if he ran for president? I don’t think he would win.
At least, not according to the voices of many evangelicals today. We Christians love to focus on the wrongs of others and we are often unable to see them as redeemable.
Paul, formerly known as Saul, sought after those who were followers of The Way. He imprisoned them. Had them murdered. He was a Pharisee who knew the law up and down, left and right. He sought to eliminate all of those who called on the name of this person named Jesus.
That is until Jesus met him on the road to Damascus, and the rest is history as laid out in the pages of the Bible.
I can imagine the fear and anxiety some believers may have felt when they heard that the man who had sought to destroy them, was now a fellow believer. He once had been blind but now he saw the truth. Can you imagine? What would you believe? A former murderer and prosecutor is now changed and is good? How do you trust that? I think that says a lot about our God. That he would use a man who was depraved in His sin to set the world on fire for Christ. Imperfect. Ugly. Murderous. Hate-filled.
I also think of King David. Do you think, based on today’s society, that if King David ran for President, he would win? I don’t think so. Not based on some evangelicals answer and responses to sin or to one’s past failures.
King David had an affair with a married woman, then had her husband killed in order to cover up the affair. If that had been recorded on video and come up during election season, do you think Christians would be willing to vote for him? If you have been paying attention to the election, uh, that would be a big FAT NO. Yet, David was classified as a man after God’s own heart.
And don’t forget King Solomon, David’s son. How many wives and concubines did he have? A womanizer in biblical times. Yet, he was able to build the temple. He wrote much of the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. He was considered the wisest man in the world in his time. God used a man who many today would consider as someone who objectified women to rule over His people.
In all of our ugliness and our imperfections, the messiness of sin, God still chooses to use us to further His Kingdom and to tell others about His son. To those who are not believers, they will not understand this. It will be foolishness to them. In fact, they will use these three very men as examples of why religion is so bad. But God says that He loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son so that everyone who believed in Him would not perish in their sin but have eternal life.
Even for Donald Trump. Even for Hilary Clinton.
Does that make you uncomfortable? It should.
When it comes to who to vote for into office, the ship has sailed on finding a person with absolutely perfect character to become the leader of our nation. It is a hopeful thing, but it is unlikely. We all have ugly inside. I pray to God that the things I did 10 or 20 years ago never come to surface. I have spent the last several months researching positions and what I believe should be the role of the Government. So obviously, I have chosen a candidate, while wholly imperfect, to vote for because their policies line up with what I believe in regards to government policy.
We are a depraved nation. America has long sought to put their own ideals and push God to the background. We are a nation who makes it own rules when it comes to morality. We are a nation that says “get in line“, “me first“, “I am entitled“, “It is my body“, “I can do what I want” and so forth. We pick and choose which moral ideals we will follow and crucify so long as we get our way. This must stop.
We must PRAY. To those who call themselves Christians, I know that we don’t have the nicest and most wholesome candidates up there. I know it may even literally hurt you to say the name of the candidates and admit to whom you may be voting for. Heck, you may even be completely undecided and want to bang your head into a wall. I feel you! But this is our reality right now. Be praying. God sees what is going on. He is still on the throne now, and He will be on the throne after the elections. He is one the throne forever. This world is not our home, but we can still use our voice to impact it for the good of the Kingdom.
“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8
I have so much more to say, but words fail me.
Praying for our nation today.
Be a Size You,