Many of us are in different places in the political process. My youngest son voted for the first time yesterday, and he is engaged now with the process and results in an entirely new way. It’s refreshing to see him discover first-hand our unique system of government. Others disillusioned by the current political climate may have voted dutifully while wrestling with cynicism. Many did not vote at all.
Regardless of where you may be on the political process, here are some facts for consideration:
- Civic decisions will be made by those in power regardless of my posture towards politics.
- Since politicians will continue to make decisions regardless of my attitude towards them and their role, it is a good thing for quality Christian candidates to run for political office.
- We are called by Scripture to pray for all government leaders despite our posture towards them. So irritation we may feel towards a politician is an opportunity to pray for them. Any unhealthy adulation of a politician is also a call to put Jesus first through prayer. If we are too enamored with a politician, we need to seek the Lord for our potential idolatry.
Through these opportunities to pray, let politics lead you to spiritual formation.