5 more days and America will have a new president. I’m only 16, so I haven’t seen a lot of elections, yet I couldn’t have imagined one as turmoilous or controversial as last year’s. But this isn’t going to be another cliche argument bashing candidates or attacking voters (of which I was happily excluded.) This article is about the choice I made because of 2016’s election.
Last year, I saw America running around like a chickens who had lost her head.
Everyone was stressed out and worried about one person. The desperate arguing, the insensitive remarks, it was all out of control. People were wrapped up and wound up in politics. You couldn’t watch CNN without walking away stressed out. Everyone had an obsession, and I had to decide if I was going to take the pill with them. Was I going to let election day fill me with fear? And if I was giving this election control over me, what place did Christ have?
I began to examine my life. Which do I consider more valuable? My political status as an American or my deepest identity as a Christian? When I go to Starbucks, am I more comfortable debating politics or am I more likely to kindly discuss the sacrifice of Christ? Am I using my conversations about abortion, or homosexuality, or even evolution just to prove my community is right, or to point towards Christ? Which am I more passionate about: arguing policy or winning souls? For some reason, the answer I want to say doesn’t line up with what I’ve done.
Personally, I stray from identifying myself with a particular party not just because I’m somewhere in the middle, but because I don’t want my political category to overcome my Christian witness. As I see folly and ignorance and hatred illuminated in both sides, how can I commit myself to institutions of man that are destined to crumble? There is no Christian side. Worldly principles and agendas are embedded in the very core of both. As I see people vehemently arguing for their side, and see the other person offended by the belief’s very core, which the other is so desperately ignoring, I ask why Christians entangle themselves in an agenda other than Christ’s.
I’m not saying that the economy should be ignored or equality and freedom should just figure itself out. But I do believe that if we put Christ first, everything else will follow. And Jesus’ greatest instruction isn’t about who you vote for. I haven’t found American politics anywhere in the Bible. Putting Christ first has to do with one of His greatest instructions: lead people to His kingdom. Lead people to liberation and truth and joy in Jesus. Lead people to the heart-change that only Holy Spirit can bring. Introduce individuals to the only principles and ideas that will ever hold water, and then you will change the world.
Politics can distract from God. We can’t always see it, because our sight is blinded to the big picture. To us, the 2016 election changed everything. But I don’t think God was surprised at all. If we follow the only thing we can trust, which are the instructions Christ has given, then how can we miss the perfect plan He has for us?
I’ve made a choice. To not let politics define my Christianity. Instead, I will live by the policies of Jesus and stand for life, justice, the needy, evangelism, and the Kingdom. I will be more passionate about winning souls than recruiting people to be Republican or Democrat. One day, I will vote. And I will have to choose between parties. But that one choice will not be the focus of my life. I have already pledged myself to one master, and I can’t have two.
Matthew 28:19-20 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, because either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches!”
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