Being In the World, But Not Of the World
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
Less than three weeks until the election. I just wanted to say that because I know so many of you will be wondering what to do with your time. (Oh, wait! The 2020 campaigns begin on November 9…Never mind.) At least this election and its drama will mercifully come to an end soon.
In reflection of the presidential campaign, it’s probably more in order for me to talk about us than the politicians. Let’s take a moment and consider as Christians in the midst of this year’s political climate, what our priorities may have been. Think about the conversations you’ve had, the Facebook postings you’ve made, the tweets you’ve sent. Has it appeared to others that our political position is more important than our witness of Jesus? Would it appear that we want our particular candidate to win an office more than for Christ to be glorified? Of course, our answers would seem obvious. But, if the people we’ve communicated with were to judge our level of passion, what would they think? Would they make the assumption that you’d rather talk about Trump or Clinton than Jesus? Have you been able to talk about Trump or Clinton and bring glory to Jesus in the process?
This, friends, is actually a very important time to be a Christian witness. Our nation and our government do matter, and Christians should care a lot about the election. But, do we act like a president is more influential, more powerful, more important than the King of all creation?
Mentor Paul taught the new preacher Timothy how to handle the Roman government when he said, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2) I don’t think the words “peaceful, quiet, godly, and dignified” are going to apply to the political rhetoric any more after the election than they have before the election. Paul would strongly urge us, though, to be sure those words do apply to our Christian witness amid all the rhetoric.
I cannot wish any of us “good luck” on the outcome of our elections this month. I’ll just thank God for His grace and presence going forward, regardless of the results. And that by His grace, our presence in the lives of others will matter, for Christ’s sake.