(No) Savior on Capitol Hill

Today is “Super Tuesday”, a time when millions of people will have the opportunity afforded them by our Constitution to participate in the process by which we elect a leader for the next 4 years. Elections in our country have often been about promises- whether “a chicken in every pot” or “staying out of European wars” or this year…”make America great”. But, here’s the thing…(and, if you are a Christian, I suggest you read this next sentence very, very, carefully)…

There is no man (or woman) that we can elect that will “save” us.

Jesus has done that.

In light of that truth, what are we to do?

– Pray (this should not be the first time you’ve done this about the election year).

– Spend time in your Bible. I suggest Deuteronomy 17:14-20, followed by 1 Samuel 8:11-17, Mark 12:17, John 19:11, Romans 13:1-7, and Ephesians 6:12. For starters.

– Remember that Paul used his Roman citizenship (Acts 22:22-23:11) as a means to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and NOT as a means to political gain.

– Take a look at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and compare the candidates and their positions to the words of Jesus and remember that Jesus is proclaiming a new Kingdom.

– Keep in mind that the right to vote is just that. A “right”. We are not under compulsion to do so. There will be some, perhaps many, who will not like this. They’ll bring up those who have sacrificed for country so that we may have this right. They may talk about how we “dishonor” their sacrifice. But voting is a matter of conscience, as is speech, or any of my other rights. Just because I have the right to free speech, does not mean that I have to right to be un-Christlike in my speech.

– We’re not electing a “Pastor-in-Chief”.

– Whomever we elect is not our Savior. She (or he) will not right all of the wrongs of our political pet interests. They will not, and cannot, bring true justice because they, like those who elect them, are sinners.

This is indeed a crucial election. We are a nation fraught with tension; the economic divide, the racial divide, the educational divide…these things are real. Which is why I recommend doing each of the things above BEFORE you vote. This is too important to just go in there a pull a tab, punch a ticket, or press a button for whomever is warming your heart, promising the most or easing your fears.

For the Christian, Christ is supreme.

To quote songwriter Derek Webb, “we’ll never have a savior on Capitol Hill” because we already have one. And…He ain’t on the ballot.


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