Hello, my name is Tim Porter and I am one of the pastors for Faith Community Church. Welcome to Faith in Life!
On Nov. 4, we will be waking up to another new reality. We will either have four more years of President Trump or four more years of a newly elected President Biden. If this election is anything like the last, this will mean that nearly half of our nation will wake up and experience loss, disappointment, and even fear for their country and the quality of their lives.
This will mean family members, close friends, co-workers, neighbors—for followers of Jesus—our mission field, will wake up to a reality they didn’t vote for. It may be me, may be you, that will wake up to a reality we didn’t vote for. We didn’t vote for this reality, because it scares us. We don’t want to live in a world that our opposing candidate promises to bring into reality.
Let me just state the obvious for a second. Politics is so personal and so important because politics is about justice. God set up governments for justice. So when we are debating political issues, and voting for platforms, promises and candidates, we are voting for what we believe is most just for us personally and for our nation. This is why politics can be so divisive. This is why the outcome of the election will be so concerning and perhaps scary for some of us.
The Bible teaches that ultimately it is God who places people in office and God has a plan for the next four years that he is working out and it includes your candidate.
Intentionally seek to increase in humility. See even the best of presidents is still broken like the rest of us, and there will be bad decisions with the good, and in a broken world like ours, even good political decisions still have unintended results that are harmful. Here’s some good news: Remember God promises us a just world when Jesus returns. If your candidate wins, keep your eyes on the horizon for Jesus’ return. The true king is coming, and with him comes justice for all.
The Bible has all kinds of news that is good and good promises to increase our hope. Be sad, express your fears and anger to God, and increase your trust in God. God has a plan for our nation in his plan for all of history. This election hasn’t frustrated God’s plan. He is still in control. Though we might see only the harm that the President will do with his vision for the next four years, nothing will stop the good that God intends to bring about.
Now this verse doesn’t promise that everything we experience is good. But it does let us know that God is so committed to our good, that even the most painful things we experience, God will work in and through them to make sure that we experience good from it.
God is deeply committed to helping us look more and more like Jesus, and God already knows how he is going to use the next four years to do that for you and me. Nothing can stop God’s goodness to you and me.
God is leading all history, every individual to an in person meeting with him at Jesus’ return. God has fixed the date of Jesus’ return and nothing will stop his return. The king is coming. With Jesus’ return comes a new world. A new world with no more pain, no more mourning, no more harm, no more injustice. God says, “I make all things new.” n that day, the justice and the peace we long for will be established and nothing can stop it.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
God has sent his son, Jesus. Jesus has begun to work his justice and righteousness into this world. He will come again, and the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
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