The Bible is clear on this, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.”
Especially during election time.
But sometimes when we think we know better than others, we are just proving that we know less about God. Because the Father cannot be contained in our political inclinations. Jesus does not fit our political agendas. The Holy Spirit is beyond (and above) the political spirit.
It’s time to stop pretending like we know what God is thinking.
A few months ago Bernie supporters were saying, “His agenda is the most like Jesus.”
Trump supporters said, “Because of his strength he has been chosen by God.”
Cruz supporters posted, “He’s a defender of Biblical values.”
Rubio supporters asked, “Have you seen the video where he shares his faith?”
Hillary supporters wrote, “God has decided to put a woman in the White House.”
And meanwhile, Isaiah the prophet continues to remind us all that, “a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Isaiah was not just thinking about the American government. But every government that was and is and is to come.
Now, when Jesus was actually born 700 years after this word was released, he did something unexpected: He did not put the earthly government of the Jewish people or the occupying Roman forces on his shoulders.
He took the cross.
That he carried.
For that was his agenda.
His form of government.
His instrument for change.
The King and Kingdom were demonstrated when God himself died for Hillary and Pence and Barack and Bernie and Donald (and for you and for me).
I believe in the spiritual gifts that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 12, 13 and 14. Personally, I have received words of encouragement and direction from people who move in the prophetic in our day and age. I also respect Christian leaders who share their insight into what they believe is right or wrong about different candidates.
The problem is when their opinions (and my opinions) are somehow linked to the will of God.
You see, I am a preacher and a pastor but I am also a voter. A citizen. And I have my opinions about who would be better and who would be worse as president.
I can attach Bible verses to those opinions.
Could easily make claims of heavenly revelation about those opinions.
I can use the platforms God has given me to influence people to share in my opinions.
But no matter what I do, or say, or write, or think… they are just my stinking opinions!
Spiritualizing them will never make them spiritual. And I don’t think God is really that interested in telling me who to vote for…
Yet I hear His voice reminding me HOW to love.
WHO to love.
WHY to love.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Rom. 12:18
Dear church, we can do better.
We NEED to do better.
We can choose to hold our peace. To be an example of courtesy, family and unity by diversity. We can vote as we like. And respect those who don’t.
Because no matter who is president, we will still have the same King and Lord.
This is not a right or left thing. This is an UP thing.
Start by acknowledging that you (like me) only know in part and prophesy in part. Let us acknowledge that our political preferences have more to do with upbringing and culture than they do with God’s Kingdom and God’s love.
The truth will set us free.
This election is just like the last. And after all the votes are counted in the late hours of November 8th 2016, Jesus will still be King and Lord and the government will still be on his shoulders. The true prophets of old have already spoken.
Let us choose peace over conflict… before we lose relationships that matter more than #ImWithHer
Let us choose humility not self-assurance… before we lose our testimony over #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
Let us choose the good news of the Gospel over any slogan, agenda and/or campaign.
Our main objective on earth is not to influence others to vote for X, Y or Z. Our mission and invitation is to follow Christ, and to take up the cross… which is to love others above ourselves.
And you can “vote” for Jesus today by honoring others. You can declare your alliance to him by turning the other cheek. You can support his campaign with prayer and service and kindness.
Now, prophesy that to the world.
“This is what Jesus had in mind: folks coming together, forming close-knit communities and meeting each other’s needs– no kings, no major welfare systems, no presidents necessary. His is a theology and practice for the people of God, not a set of suggestions for empire.”
* The easiest way to say YES to this invitation is by sharing this article with others. Also, you can read more on the journey of peace and growing in your love for God and others in: