For those of us who think that what happens in the U.S. affects all of us, then surely the elections next Tuesday are momentous. As I say here in Israel at election time, which also affects the world: vote your conscience, but also pray, come, Lord Jesus! It should not be surprising that not all believers vote for the same candidates. When one Jew is together, there are three opinions: one from the body, one from the soul, and another from the spirit. Believing Christians are not really much different.
The last time that we voted from within the U.S. was 1980 — not long before we became believers — when there were five candidates! I decided to write to each political party and ask them to send me their party platform, the basis upon which the presidential — and presumably the Congressional — candidates were would establish their policies. Here is the Wikepedia definition: “A political party platform or program is a formal set of principal goals which are supported by a political party or individual candidate, in order to appeal to the general public, for the ultimate purpose of garnering the general public’s support and votes about complicated topics or issues.” I did not want only to read bits in the newspapers, or to hear incomplete and maybe biased interviews on the radio or TV. I wanted to read platforms for myself, and make up my mind. It was revealing to compare them and make a reasoned decision.
Things are much more polarized today between the political and religious “Pharisees and Saducees”. The Messiah gave the nod to the Pharisees, but He rebuked both sides. He also rebuked the Scribes, who were the expert lawyers of the law — probably like many political analysts and commentators today. No one, and no camp, can claim that God is on his/their side. He is on His side, and calls us outside of our camps to bear His reproach. The gospel is neither left nor right, but walks the narrow road of truth and righteousness that unites those who believe it. This is why calling upon the Lord to return is a unifying expression, whether one tends to the right or to the left. The party platforms this year are pretty clear. So is the Lord’s! In quietness and confidence is our strength. (Is 30:15)