A Framework for November 6

This morning, I was reminded during my Sunday prep time about an important truth that is apropos in light of the up and coming election on November 6.  In 1 Timothy 2:2,3, Paul admonishes Timothy to lead the church to pray,

 For kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all to be saved…

Despite all my political preferences, I can’t help but think that one of the primary lenses through which I am called to vote is tied to determining which candidate is going to best allow me to,

 …lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Ultimately, no political party can do what Jesus has already done.  My salvation is not geared around any one political party or ideology and neither the Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, or Green Party participants can do what the God of the Bible can and has already done.  Because of all the ostentatious political balderdash that will flood Twitter and facebook in the next few hours, days, and weeks, I think it’s a timely reminder that when we cast a vote or decide not to, we do through a biblical lens that best represents Scripture.  I will vote with what resonates with my faith and with what will best enable me to go about the mission God has given me and the church: to proclaim Christ to the ends of the earth.

Bring on tonight, and bring on November 6.  No matter the results, I echo the words of the great hymn writer Edward Mote in The Solid Rock:

 My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

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