Really, really sad.
Not because I hate all the candidates for presidency, or because the world is going to h*ll in a handbasket... not any of those things at all.
I was saddened by knowing that no matter which candidate I voted for, I felt I was sacrificing. Sacrificing really important values. I repeat... no matter which candidate I voted for I felt I would be violating some of my most valued principals that I wanted represented in Washington.
I feel this way less because of the actual candidates this time around and more because of where the party lines in our nation fall on certain issues.
I know a lot of Christians feel that one side represents their values very well (one way or the other), but I am not one of those Christians.
As I was researching about the candidates yesterday- still a little undecided- I found this article.
And it reminded me of this...
So this is my personal pep talk to myself after voting the best I could before God today.
I voted for a president today (and some other people), but when all is said and done tomorrow (or whenever we find out the results of the election)... this world will still not be my ultimate Home. Our nation, the world and every person in it will still be in need of Christ's incredible sacrifice to cover the stain of our sin and sinful natures. Tomorrow, I will still live my life in light of God's priorities the same way I did yesterday, irregardless of who our next leader is or what policies are voted into being. I will always serve Christ my King above any other and be a citizen of the one Kingdom that "cannot be shaken." (Hebrews 12:26-29)
My identity will never be found in a nation, a political party or even in a stance on a moral issue.
And I can rejoice in that.
This is my identity... A citizen of heaven. A life that is bought (and saved!) with a price. God's adopted child. A "co-heir with Christ". A friend of God.
No matter if a nation rises or falls, if a democrat or a republican is president, You are my God, and I am your Child. You love us and will continue to rescue us from our own selfish, prideful selves. May we never forget who we really serve... and that we can serve you in any environment... be it in freedom or in slavery, in abundance or in want, in joy or in sorrow, in any language, in any place and in spite of any government. I am Yours.
In His Grace,