Now That the Presidential Election Season is Here …

Posted on June 18, 2019

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By David Ettinger

A Historic Day
It was a historic day here in Orlando, Florida, and it has nothing to do with theme parks. For the first time ever, a presidential candidate kicked off his campaign right here in our fair city, and it so happens that the candidate is the current President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Now that he’s made official his re-election bid for 2020, I think we can say the Presidential Election season has begun, especially as the Democratic candidates will be conducting their internationally-televised debates later this month.

Emotions will bristle, tensions will boil, and tempers will soar. This is to be expected in our politically divisive climate – at least, this is to be expected from those who don’t call themselves believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, professed believers in the Lord will also participate in the vitriol and venom, and not only is this a shame, it is clear-cut disobedience to the Word of God.

How Christians Should Conduct Themselves
Philippians 1:27 commands believers: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

The Bible leaves no mystery as to how Christians should conduct themselves. Both Old and New Testaments are filled with instruction on acceptable Christian behavior, and when it comes to realm of politics, here too there is no mystery.

Here are four powerful passages concerning Christian attitude toward governmental leaders. Remember these were written when Rome – led by Christian-persecuting emperors – ruled with an iron fist!

1 Timothy 2:1-4
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

This is as straight-forward as it gets, and notice especially how such behavior “pleases God our Savior.” For my conservative friends (I, too, am conservative), how did you do with this passage when President Obama was in office?

1 Peter 2:17
“Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”

Here in the States we can easily substitute “President” for “emperor.” We know President Trump is hated and afforded no respect by his detractors, but again I ask, how did we on the conservative side do when President Obama was in office, and further back when President Clinton was in office?

Romans 13:1
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Notice how none of the verses say anything about agreeing with those in office, but to give them proper respect and pray for them. Are you praying for Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and other Democrats? I pray for their salvation. I think that’s reasonable.

Titus 3:1-2
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”

Notice the words “to slander no one” … how are you doing with that one?

Christ Comes First
As Bette Davis said in the classic movie All About Eve, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” It will indeed!

For believers, our focus is to be on Christ, and Christ alone. By all means vote your conscience, but don’t get eaten alive by it. Our goal is serving Christ and telling others about our Savior, not spewing contempt against “the other side” politically. May God give His children discernment and grace during the fiery days ahead!

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