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Christ and the Presidential Election

Christ and the Presidential Election

The 2016 Presidential election process has begun!

Trump, Cruz, Rubio…Clinton, Sanders… - Who is the right choice?

Isis, Immigration, Healthcare, Economy, Taxes, Government Size… – What is the right position on each issue?

How do we decide? …feelings? …political party? … talk show host? …parents views? (or the opposite?) …friends? … personal preference? …tradition? …patriotism? …Christian political activists? …popularity?

As Christians it should be none of the above. We should seek to be guided by Christ, who guides us by His Word (2 Cor. 10:5; Col. 3:16-17).

At Riverbend Academy, we train and encourage our students and ourselves to think - rather than just going with our feelings and the opinions of others - and to think biblically in Christ about everything! And, everything includes our responsibility as citizens in a constitutional republic to be informed and vote.

In this process, we should certainly look to Christ and His Word for specific guidance on the issues and on what to value and prioritize in candidates for office, and we plan to look at some of these in future blogs. First, however, we need to check our perspective and priorities overall.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said –

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (ESV)

And, earlier, the Lord spoke to Solomon and said –

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)

Believers, we owe Christ our ultimate love and allegiance. We find in Him our ultimate peace and security. It is Christ who has forgiven our sin and secured us forever in His love.

The ramifications of Christ above all are countless and important in all of life, including elections.

For instance, we should be humble and speak the truth in love as we discuss, campaign and advocate.

We should prioritize sharing the gospel and the love of Christ above trying to win arguments.

We should pray and look to Christ as much higher priorities than our voting or political involvement.

How are we measuring up to the ultimate priority of Christ in our views and activities in this election year? May we prayerfully ask the Lord to evaluate us, and may we gladly submit to Him and His Word.

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