From the moment the first candidates began to announce that they were contending for the top office that is currently held by the soon outgoing President Barack Obama, the political landscape has taken on the appearance of a WWE Raw or Smackdown event. Each week brings greater and greater hype, drama, and enough rhetorical jabs and body blows to even make Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stop back and take notice. The great tragedy of this whole thing is that it has not just been reflected among the candidates, but those of the American populace at large.
So often, the debates will undoubtedly come around to people who will ask the question, “Is God a Democrat or a Republican?” They ask this as though God is somehow American, or political. The reality God is neither seem to escape people. Yet, Christians all across the country are suddenly upset, not just by the choice of candidates or what they view as a lack of choice, but even worse, upset by who some men and women of faith have voiced as their choice for a candidate.
The real irony about the whole thing is that so many Christians seem to never be satisfied. If a spiritual leader remains silent about their own political view, they get offended because they feel that they should give guidance on who they should choose. However, if they voice an opinion, it has to match their own political view. Otherwise, that spiritual leader should be deemed, at the very least unworthy to be a spiritual leader, and at most ungodly. When did it start that men and women of faith cease to be human beings with personal opinions about things that aren’t theological?
Whether you are for the front runner of one party or another, or perhaps even one of the underdog choices, understand that God is neither Democrat or Republican. He’s not Libertarian, Green Party, or affiliated with any other independent party. Yet, Daniel 2:21 says, “He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” It doesn’t say that He is concerned with party affiliation. Whoever He establishes, he is able to use and get glory from.
There is also a proverb that states “when the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan. None of the candidates are ruling. Yet people, Christians included are groaning as though whoever gets into the White House that is not their idea of the right person will bring the end of America and their way of life.
Regardless which person becomes the next president of the United States of America, God will have had His hands on the outcome and will still be in control of America’s destiny, so long as His people come to the revelation that He is yet in control and it is He is able to capture the heart of the one to take the oath of office. Proverbs 21:1 even says that “A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hands: He directs it wherever He chooses.”
What Christians need to keep in mind during these critical moments in American history is that God is LOVE. More than what our political philosophies may be, God is a God of Justice, righteousness, and liberty. Yet, greater than any of this is love. It is love that tempers and directs all of it. It is also in love that He also expects His people to operate when it comes to handling the political process.
If we believe that a spiritual leader is hearing God or a mouthpiece for Him, we must also understand that they hear in part. They are also human and are prone to hear within the context of their own spiritual walk and maturity. A spiritual leader whom I have followed for quite some time has recently voiced prophetic insight into this election. He has actually pointed out how God can be highlighting the prioritization of a unique, key and specific thing through whichever candidate happens to get elected. He also points out that no matter who it is that comes to power does not mean God has endorsed them for their character.
Romans 8:28 reminds us that “We know all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” If we take this to heart, it doesn’t matter who becomes the next president. It won’t matter, so long as we continue to be the people who reflect and exhibit God’s love. When we carry the love of God and operate in love, we will find God’s glory in whatever outcome comes from this election.
We must also keep in mind that we must that we represent Him to the rest of the nations. As Children of God, we have the responsibility of being known by the love we show. When we fail to love, even our fellow Christians difference of political opinion and their right to voice it or not, we display a false image to the world of what God is like. We are as living epistles. If people read us and find that we are not full of love as Christ is love, they will not want to know our God. When we love as God loves, we will show a unity that cannot be divided even though we are a many membered body.
QUESTION: Are you finding God in the American political process? If not, how might you play a part in revealing it?