I have tried to avoid as much conversation around this election as possible. I have sort of hung my head throughout the last part of this election, just saddened by it all.
Saddened by the division, saddened by the anger on both sides. Saddened by the lack of desire to talk about actual issues. Just sad, really.
I am not here to stand up for one or the other candidate. I think I’d only be adding to the loudness of it all.
(Let me write - I will not be voting for a presidential candidate this election. I will be voting for other issues, but not for the presidency.)
I want to write specifically to my brothers and sisters who in their zeal for their candidate have gone too far. I am writing to those who have gotten swept up in the craziness of this election.
I am writing to those of you who are cheering for your candidate. I am writing to those of you who are buying shirts, hats, and road signs. I am writing to those of you who are chanting for your candidates. I am writing to those of you going to rallies and chanting statements like, “Build that wall!”
You do not look like someone who is awaiting a home somewhere else. You look like someone perfectly content here.
You look like the world!
And even if you realize your candidate isn’t perfect, your cheering for him or her, has made you look like the rest. You have ignored your brother on the other side of the line.
My heart is so heavy. I have watched Christian brothers and sisters yell from both sides of social media. And it isn’t OK. It isn’t obedient. It isn’t healthy. It isn’t what Jesus would have done. It isn’t what a Christian, who follows Jesus should do.
I am not saying you cannot vote for your candidate but I can assure you this - if Jesus were here with us today - He would not be chanting for either candidate. He would not be buying t-shirts to idolize or puff up or glorify either of these candidates. He would not be aligning himself with a movement that relishes in divisiveness.
Why? Because both have shown themselves to be on the other side of repentance. Neither one stands up for the Kingdom of Heaven - they both stand for their own kingdoms. And God opposes the proud.
Jesus did only what he saw the Father doing. As should we. And I can guarantee you this - The father is not chanting “Build that wall!”
Christian brother and sister - vote for your candidate that you believe in your heart the Lord has called you to. But please - weep as you do it. Weep thinking about a future home where every nation, every tribe, every tongue will be welcome. Weep for the division and the hatred stirred up during this election cycle. Weep for the way that lies and betrayal have become normal within our American political system. Weep that Christians are considered homophobes, bigots, racists, and so on. Weep for our presidential candidates, where an FBI investigation for criminal acts and making fun of a person with physical disabilities are par for the course. Weep that things are not as they should be.
But be sure of this - do not cheer. Jesus is not cheering. Jesus is not chanting. Jesus is not celebrating either of these candidates. Jesus is not going to support either of these candidates at rallies.
One day when it is all over there will not be walls of division, instead it will be every tongue and tribe and nation. There will not be pride, puffed up, boisterous, egomaniacs - instead each of us, from the biggest, to the smallest, the strongest to the weakest, will be quiet, afraid to utter a sound in His awesome majesty. And on that day - we will all be united in praise, not to a candidate, not to a fallen, prideful man, or a fallen prideful woman, but to God Himself.
I pray that each of us humbles themselves. We are not citizens of this world. We are not to be cheering for either of these candidates. Jesus is not cheering for either of these candidates. Jesus, instead weeps, He weeps for them, He weeps for us, He weeps for the lost world. He weeps for those blinded by darkness.
If you must continue to cheer, so be it. But please, for the sake of your soul and those souls around you - do not do so in Jesus’ name. Leave his name out of this.