Citizens of Another Kingdom

Tomorrow is election day. I’m sure you have heard something about it on the news. Maybe your friends on Facebook or Twitter have mentioned it. It’s kind of a big deal.

I’m not here to tell you who is the best candidate. I don’t believe it is my place to tell you how to vote. Anyways, there are plenty of other blogs, news articles, talking heads, and obnoxious Facebook posts that are already doing just that. You don’t need another post to add to the seemingly unending stream of opinions on this election.

I do have something else to say, however. Something that I think we all need to hear. Something that I need to hear. I’m going to say this as simple and as kindly as I can.

Calm down. Everything is going to be alright.

I now it is easier said than done. It feels as if the stakes are higher this election than in any I can remember. People on both sides of the aisle are making this out to be a generation defining moment. While this may be a case of over-exaggeration, there are some important issues that conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, believe to be at stake.

I’m not here to debate that reality. This is an important election. But the fate of the world does not depend on it. In fact, the fate of the world doesn’t depend on any political election, party, or candidate. The fate of the world is in the hands of one person, and one person alone: Jesus Christ.

While preaching through Philippians 3, I came across this reminder from the apostle Paul:

“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).

In the context of the letter, Paul is talking about how our behavior relates to our salvation in Christ. He didn’t have political elections in mind, but this passage does give us an indication of where our ultimate allegiance and hope should lie. It is not in any earthly political system, no matter how noble and just (or dishonorable and corrupt) it may be. Our allegiance and hope is ultimately in Jesus Christ and his kingdom.

That is why I can write in the midst of this insane, reality show political season and say “Calm down. Everything is going to be alright.” I have no idea how things are going to turn out tomorrow. Or what the implications that will bring for the future of our county. But I do know this: our savior does not come in the form of a donkey nor an elephant, but as a lamb. The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, who now lives and reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are citizens of another kingdom. One that is not of this world.

No matter what happens on Tuesday, Jesus is and will always be Lord of all.

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