That may sound awfully jaded and cynical, but despite what I said I do care about the elections and about our nation. I just wish the campaigns didn’t last so long and were conducted with a little more decorum. However, Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.” The message of those verses applies to being a citizen as much as to anything else we do, which says to me that we should care and we should be diligent about our civic responsibilities.
My views may nor may not prevail in the elections today, but God’s purpose will prevail. That’s really where our hope lies. God sovereignly has a plan for who the President will be for the next four years, and that plan will be a part of his larger work in all of history. Does that mean I should not pray that my candidates will win? Philippians 4:6 tells us to make our requests about everything to God. So of course I should request that the elections go the way I desire, but with the caveat that what I want most is God’s will. This frees me to pray with all my heart, but to do it with peace rather than with a white-knuckled, tied in knots anxiety over the outcome of the election. It enables me to vote and to pray and to know when all is said and done, I will still be able to rejoice and be at peace because God reigns.