Today is Election Day! This has been a much-anticipated election and has been called by some the most important election that we have ever had as a nation. The past few years have brought to light the deep divide in our nation in regard to opposing worldviews. It is clear that this election will have an impact upon the future of our country for decades to come. Yet, in light of the serious responsibility that we have as Americans to vote, may we never forget as Christians that though this election will bring change, there is a responsibility that we have that will have far more eternal consequences than any election. Regardless of who the next president is, the only thing that will bring change at the root level in our nation is the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can either spend our time hacking at the branches of social reform, political activism, or a myriad other human means of change, or we can strike at the root of the issue through faithful and focused obedience to the Great Commission.
The Lord Jesus Christ gave His marching orders for the church before He ascended back to the Father. In Matthew 28, Jesus said those familiar words that we constantly come back to as believers in order to stay aligned to our purpose and goal. As He looked on His disciples, He said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” (vv. 19-20). The chief pursuit of the disciple of Christ is to make more disciples of Christ. This is the chief objective of the local church. Our mission is clear. Our purpose is settled. We must keep our hearts and minds aligned with the will of God for our lives.
As believers, it is easy to get sidetracked and to get our spiritual vision out of focus. We must be careful that when we seek to change the world around us that we don’t waste our energy on things that will never bring true and lasting change. Although we vote and pray that God has mercy on our nation and gives us a president that fears God and promotes what is right, we must never replace our trust in God with trust in a man or a political party. Proverbs 20:7 warns us- “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”
The only hope of true and lasting change in our nation is the Christian’s commitment to the faithful proclamation of the Gospel. When Election Day has come and gone and the results are tallied, may we continue to do the one thing that alone will change our nation by changing the hearts of men- that is, making disciples of Jesus Christ!