Proverbs 22:3 - "A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished."
It isn’t hard to see why someone would get one look at the 2016 Presidential Election and want to immediately close their eyes and bury their heads.
Whether it be a distaste for one or both candidates, the blatant media bias or the politicizing of major social issues- it isn’t difficult to imagine a vast majority of people simply turning away from the 24 hour news cycle.
My plea for you, however, is not to do that.
As believers in Christ, I believe we have an obligation to be informed consumers of information.
I'd like to share 3 reasons with you now.
1. We represent Christ on the earth.
John 17:14-16- "I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it."
On the surface, this verse appears to give Christians an instant reason not to follow the election cycle. If I am in the world but not of it- why should I care?
But the second sentence,while easy to gloss over, is incredibly important.
God does not want to be aloof to the issues in the world: if we are, how can we possibly speak Godly truth into them?
As believers, we would never claim not to care about major issues such as racism or human trafficking- why would we CHOOSE not to have a role in electing someone who is to govern us?
I believe a major reason why young people choose not to be involved in the political
process is because the world goes against them so sharply. Social media has afforded non-believers a microphone to criticize a Christ-centered world view like never before.
But what else can we expect?
The world went against Christ! We have to be able to speak Godly truth into the
world and we will be unable to do that from a place of understanding and high-information if we are uninformed.
2. We must understand the other side's worldview if we are to reach them for Christ.
Ultimately the goal is not just to have a president in office who will have a Christian world view- that may never happen.
The goal is to reach non-believers for Christ.
That is why we are in the world. God does not have a desire to take us out of the world because we still have a job to do.
If the people we are trying to reach feel that we are ignorant, unsympathetic or simply uninformed, why would they listen to what we have to say?
3. We will ultimately be subject to what the new president does.
Titus 3:1- "Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to malign no one, and to be peaceable and gentle, showing full consideration to everyone.…"
As believers we are called to be subject to rulers and authorities.
We live in an amazing country that allows us to be a part of the process of choosing our leader. What a blessing! Why would we forfeit that right?
We will never be able to retain these rights if we don’t act on them.
Finally, remember this: in the world we will have trouble. Jesus promised us that.
But take heart because Christ has overcome the world.
Be informed. Educate others, even when it is difficult. And trust that Jesus is in control of the election cycle, no matter how dark the times may seem.
What's one thing you can do to become more informed today?