Last night, my family and I sat down to watch the first Presidential Debate. To be honest, I haven’t done a whole lot of watching the two candidates in interviews. I’ve read articles and had discussions, but I haven’t watched them a whole lot.
It was incredibly disappointing.
As a Christian, I am not entirely sure where I stand on this election. I’m sure like many others, my biggest problem is which candidate is the lesser evil. After last night, I am not even sure if I know that. I cannot see how, of all the people in this nation, those two were the only two we could come up with. I feel frustrated, confused, anxious, and I fear for the future of this nation. This election has caused me to sit back and think long and hard about what my future will be, what my kids future will be (if we get that far), and how long America will last.
This, fellow Christians, is Satan’s tool in the Presidential election. It isn’t Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump (although they could be close seconds), but it is the fear and discouragement the church feels in response.
This past Sunday at church, I heard this “story” by my pastor:
Satan was selling his best tools: anger, pride, hurt, deceit, etc., and a buyer saw a tool sitting in the back corner, with a very expensive price tag. Satan told the buyer, “that is discouragement. It is my most precious weapon, and it is the most expensive because it is the most effective. I have found that when in doubt, discouragement works the most often.” The buyer, considering its price, chose not to buy discouragement, so Satan still has it and uses it on humans all the time.
Church, we have listened to Satan’s tool of discouragement during this election. We have lost hope and have forgotten that “there is no authority except that which God has established” (Rom. 13:1). This is no time for fear to take over the body of Christ. This is not how we want our bridegroom to come back to us. It is time for us to rise up and remember how this story ends, and it is not with Trump or Clinton as president. This story ends with Jesus coming back, trumpets sound and angels rejoicing, whether we have a Republican or a Democratic president.
Look to eternity. Do not let this election overtake your thoughts as if the God you live for is not bigger than this. He is. He has already won the battle for us, for earth, and against Satan.
Wake up, Christians! It is time to make Satan’s tool in this election futile. Let us not be a people who walk with hunched shoulders. What foolishness is that? We are a people saved by grace through faith and our hope is not in this earth, and there is joy in that no matter what happens in this election.
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21)