I’m a Georgia voter, but I don’t belong here. That was the thought I had when I left the polls early this morning. Election years and political seasons stir up so much stress and unrest in my own heart. I hate the fighting. I hate injustice. I hate “choosing the lesser evil”. I hate the hopelessness. But today when I left the polls I had hope and I had peace.
Let me elaborate. I don’t have much hope for our country. I don’t think that either candidate will solve all our problems. I’m disheartened that so many professing Christ followers are staking so much hope on a political figure or party. Don’t get me wrong, voting is important and I love my country but it certainly isn’t the source of my hope. The political unrest is present because of sin. The injustice of the world is present because of sin. The hopelessness, fighting, name calling and evil exists because of sin. No president or party can fix a sin problem.
I was able to leave the polls this morning with hope, the same way I was able to leave an Emergency Room without my child and still have hope. Jesus has overcome sin and the grave. This is not my home, my citizenship is in heaven. My life was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. I left with hope this morning because my heart knows the truth of Scripture.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.Philippians 3:20
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.Hebrews 6:19
There is a popular quote that says, “you can be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.” I’m unsure where it originated or who said it first, but I’m here to say that I completely disagree with that sentiment and I feel sure that the Bible intends for us to have an eternal mindset. My head is not stuck in the clouds, my eyes are fixed on Jesus Christ. Believers, this world is not our home. Let’s start living like it. We have the hope of the gospel, offer it to those around you. This hope should bolster us and bring us joy. We aren’t promised tomorrow and neither is anyone else around us, regardless of the presidential election outcome. So, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 Don’t give up, this world is not your home.
If you are reading this and you don’t know Jesus and the hope he gives, follow him today. Send me a message if you want to know more. It would be my honor to introduce you to the actual Savior of the world.
Today, I am a Georgia voter and an American citizen. But more importantly my identity is found in Jesus Christ and my home is found with him too.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.