Election 2020: What Believers Need to Remember

Posted on October 16, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Sloshing Through the Mud
Whether you support President Donald Trump, Joe Biden, another candidate, or no candidate at all, please remember that you belong to Christ first and foremost. Therefore, His commandments and admonitions as stated in the Bible are what you are to order your life and opinions around.

That said, there can be no denying from a Christian perspective that Presidential Elections are always a challenge to Christians trying to live lives honoring to Christ. Election seasons are ugly, nasty, and often slosh those who follow them through the mud of nastiness. Yet, though morally challenging, the unfolding drama as played out on our TVs and computer screens fascinates us. It’s like a deadly, multi-car accident: though the carnage is terrible, we can’t look away! We know we should, but we just can’t.

For Christians, this is a problem. As I visit the Facebook pages of Christian cyber-friends, I see quite a few pro-Trump and anti-Biden posts, but not a whole lot glorifying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Too many of us are bold in proclaiming our support for one and acrimony for the other, but say little to nothing regarding our undying love and devotion to the One who died on the cross for our sins.

Keeping Focused
It is at these times that Christians must be focused. We must remember that we await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, an event the apostle Paul refers to as “the blessed hope” (Titus 2:13). We must also remember that the return of Christ will come at a time already determined by God, an appointed time that cannot be influenced by human events. We are in the end-times, Christ’s return is drawing near, and the results of this Presidential Election – or any other – has no bearing upon it.

So, how should we keep focused? For me, the key is remaining intimately near to the Word of God. Every year since 1986, with some exception, I have read through the entire Bible twice. It is this careful and faithful adherence to my Bible-reading which keeps me tethered to the Lord, and prevents me from getting carried away by the muck and mire – fascinating as it is – of politics. In God’s Word I find purity, hope, and truth – three things not found on any of the media outlets.

What to Remember
With this in mind, I’d like to give you just a word of encouragement from God’s Word. As I read both 1 and 2 Timothy, I noted this particularly poignant passage, one every Christian needs to remember during these fiery and dicey days. It is a long passage – 2 Timothy 4:1-5 – and it speaks for itself (emphasis added). Here it is, and make of it what you will:

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

In the midst of these grimy days, may all believers remember that we have a purpose here on Earth, that being to share a living Gospel with a lost and dying world.