Most people, at least 47% of the population, probably felt some sort of “post-election blues.” Because their candidate lost, or because the opposing candidate won. But for Christians, what is the deal? I mean, are Christians really to be so wrapped up in politics that we get depressed when our politician loses?
Things got so intense with this election that pastors were even telling people how to vote from their own pulpits. REALLY? Somehow I missed in the New Testament Christ encouraging his disciples to get involved in political activism. Also, no where in any of the epistles does any apostle encourage political involvement. I’m not against Christians voting, but if the results of the election are so important to you that it effects your mood, there may be a bigger heart problem at work.
I find that a lot of Christians have their identity wrapped up in politics; like whether or not the USA is going to ban gay marriage or overturn Roe v. Wade. Since when did the decisions of the federal government dictate so much of your joy? When you trying pulling your joy from politics and not Christ, it shows; and it shows big time. Newsflash: your hope is not in a political leader. If Christ thought that true social change could come through an election official, he would have ran for office, but he didn’t. Because politics can’t change the heart. They never can and never will.
Likewise, if you voted for the incumbent because you actually believe he is going to make your life better you are not only deceived, you are naive. As Christians we should work for the betterment of our city, but not by electing other people to do our work for us, but by loving our neighbor and living the gospel. Voting is important, and you should vote, but I would put more hope in the gospel and the power of Christ to change hearts than in some vapid political slogan that, for the last four years, has produced little except disappointment.
Christ never disappoints. His word never fails. His hope is forever. His change is real.