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Devotionals

The Bigger Picture
Anonymous - Jan. 15, 2016
Devotional

We are all familiar with this year. This is the year in which promises will be made, accusations will be deflected, and stories will be spun: this is election year. Political agendas and policies are going to be focal points of conversations inspiring patriotism and mockery; however, as important as these issues are, they should not be the major concern of Christians. That is not to say it doesn’t matter how we vote, but that there are greater issues to focus on. A few elections ago, my opinion was different. I thought that elections should be a major component of Americans, and Christians lives especially as they should band together and participate to elect officials with similar values. It was during this time that I had a conversation with someone that I consider to be a mentor. We talked about the election and he told me how he wasn’t worried about the outcome, which surprised me a lot. He was a retired cop turned street preacher with impressive scruples, and the idea that he wasn’t concerned about the values and morals of the next president confounded me. He explained to me about how the President only ever has four years—eight tops—to do anything, which was actually a short time, and that even a terrible President wouldn’t make much difference in the long run. So, he wasn’t worried, he had larger things to worry about. I didn’t understand him, not quite, I was much younger then, and four years sounded like such a long time, but things are different now. I have a fuller grasp of how the government works, the powers the President actually has, and how much individual voters actually make a difference. But there was a whole other point my friend was making. Time. Presidents take only a small amount of the time we have a part on this Earth, and the governments they serve only encapsulate a tiny portion of rulership compared to eternity. We serve a higher power, one that isn’t elected and one whose power isn’t limited. In the mean time, we shouldn’t worry about those who come into power. We can make our voice heard, and vote for those who we support, but in the end, nothing will happen that will ruin God’s plan. When Pilate told Jesus he had the power to kill or save Him, the response was: “Jesus answered, ‘You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered me to you has the greater sin,’” (John 19:11). Paul explained that we should pray for those who govern us, and Peter said to honor those of authority. We should pray for and respect the President no matter who wins, but don’t let Earthly governments be our focus—besides, God isn’t going to be surprised by the results of the election. Rather, keep in mind our citizenship in Heaven, and worry about how you can participate in that government. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions