What is a Christian To Do? Some Reminders About This Election

by Eric Chabot 

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Well the time has come for what is supposed to be the biggest election in our country’s history.  It could not be more apparent that the nation is polarized. And I think after tomorrow we will still be polarized. But what is a Christian supposed to do in an election like this? Christians are always confused about how much time should be put into political involvement. And who would Jesus vote for? Or, would he vote at all? After all, is Jesus  a Republican or Democrat? I say he is neither.  While I submit that I am not an expert in politics, here are a few of my thoughts:

Our True Identity

First,  the Christian must remember our tue identity is not in a political party. Remember these Scriptural truths:

We are God’s child (John 1:12)

We have been justified (Romans 5:1)

We belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)

We are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20)

We are blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)

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We are adopted as God’s child (Ephesians 1:5)

We are in Him (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30)

We are the salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14)

We are ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

We are alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)

We are raised up with Christ (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12)

We are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)

We have been given the incomparable riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:7)

We are blameless (I Corinthians 1:8)

We have been set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32)

We have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)

We are the light in the world (Matthew 5:14)

We are born again (I Peter 1:23)

We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)

There is no doubt that  Christians have been guilty of forgetting their identity in Christ by their close association with the Republican or Democratic party. So we need to be fair and say both sides are guilty. Also, someone who gives a list of reasons to vote for a candidate (i.e., abortion, same sex marriage, or whatever) may come across as reductionistic. In other words, the comments like “Hey, stupid Christian, you only think Jesus cares about the killing of 50-60 million babies and same sex marriage. But what about the poor, the environment, and greed?”  is not really going anywhere…

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