How Then Shall We Vote, Trust, and Worship?

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     The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. Rev. 11:15-17

Lord Jesus, the season of Advent will soon be upon us, and we’ll sing of your great majesty to Handel’s grand melody. “And He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings! and Lord of lords! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”

But on this side of your resurrection, this should be our song every day, including this day in American as votes are cast and tallied. Indeed, an election day is a perfect day to rise to our feet and worship you with peace-filled, joy-laden, heart-trusting hearts.

For you are the King of kings and Lord of lords—the ruler of the kings of the earth and everything else. No senator or sovereign, congressman or autocrat, governor or potentate is either a threat, or essential, to your purposes in the universe. Demons tremble at your name and stars sing of your praises. When you speak, fierce hurricanes become gentle zephyrs, and placid lakes become roaring oceans.

On this mid-term election day in America, we bow to you and cast our votes. The brokenness in our country, hearts, and world leads us to cry out, “How long, Oh, Lord? How long before you return, Lord Jesus, and finish making all things new?”

Until that Day, we will seek to “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” (1 Pet. 2:7). We will seek to live as good citizens of two kingdoms—the city of man and the City of God. We will seek to adorn the gospel (Tit. 2:10), serve you faith-fully, and love our neighbors sacrificially.

Whatever the results of this November 2018 election, we affirm with renewed confidence and profound joy, “Jesus is Lord!” Hallelujah, what a Savior, you are. Hallelujah, what a salvation you freely give us. You will reign for ever and ever! So very Amen we pray, in your loving and triumphant name.

 

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