Aaaah, election day. You can almost taste the fear and money in the air. Political signs are lined up six deep along the road, and the Facebook posts are flying fast and furious. Over the past months politicians have spent billions of dollars on ads that go something like this:
“Are you aware that John Doe personally donated $12,000 dollars to the Communist Republic of China, supports putting elderly people on the street, personally placed three young children into the foster care of a violent street gang, and practices black magic? Is this the kind of man you want in office?”
Strategy teams have burned the candle at both ends, targeting specific demographics, raising grass roots initiatives, and fighting tooth and nail for every county. Republicans say that if Obama is elected, the country will plunge into ruin, despair, and possibly a zombie apocalypse. Democrats say that if Romney is elected, he will personally usher in Armageddon.
What is God’s perspective on all this? He laughs. Psalm 2:1-4 says -
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
The politicians have been scheming and plotting, planning and fighting, all to win the vote of the people. If they win the vote, they have the power. If they have the power, they can set the agenda. If they can set the agenda, the rest is history.
When God sees the politicians scurrying around like ants with their heads cut off (I believe that’s called a mixed metaphor), he laughs. Why? Because he is the one who gets the final say. The vote totals don’t have the final say, God has the final say. He is sovereign. He rules over all things. In Proverbs it says that he controls the king’s heart like a watercourse. Whether Romney of Obama wins, both of them are ultimately controlled like a water course.
We don’t have to freak out on election day. Yes we should vote. Yes we should pray for godly leaders. Yes we should support life. Don’t misunderstand me. But we shouldn’t be overwhelmed with worry or fear. On election day, God laughs. He isn’t worried about the outcome of the election. He isn’t worried about the wrong candidate getting into office.
As the politicians plot and rage, God chuckles. They can’t stop God. They can’t stop his plan. Jesus has already been elected, and in the end, every knee will bow before him, regardless of political party.
Today, vote, pray, then laugh along with God.
Stephen Altrogge works as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA, where his main duties include leading worship, preaching, and working with youth. This article first appeared on his website, The Blazing Center, and is used with his permission.