Election Year – What Do We Do?


It’s an election year, and as you may have noticed, lots of things change during an election year. Political debates intensify. Tensions rise everywhere from the Internet to the dinner table. Our economy, our approach to the world’s problems, and even our identity can come into question. In the midst of turbulence and change, it can be hard to find to find something solid to grasp onto.

In all of this, God’s Word and God’s character remain constant. As the people of God, we are called to do the same. We live in a politically polarized world where everything we do and say has a political ramification. Especially in an election year, it feels like we move from one crisis to the next. The issues that are causing the anger and unrest are real issues. However, when these crises are politicized, these issues quickly become weapons of warfare. The truth (and often issue itself) gets lost in the shouting matches. We listen less, we speak more, and anger becomes a gut reaction.

Brothers and sisters, that is not the character of God, and it is not meant to be the character of his people. Our politics should be the politics of Jesus. Our ethics should be the fruit of the Spirit:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, long suffering,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control;

against such there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23

I always say that we all hold our politics passionately and personally. As God’s children, we are also required to put our politics beneath the authority of Jesus. “Love your neighbor” applies in this season, just like any other season (Matthew 22:39). Politics should never be an excuse for us to hate our neighbor, be a jerk to our neighbor, or mock our neighbor’s political views on social media.

If we are believers in Jesus, we need to act like it in ever realm of our lives, including the realm of politics. We serve the God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That kind of faithful character is something we are meant to imitate. We ought to be people of genuine faith and loving action in our homes, in our workplaces, and in our politics.

The wrath of man doesn’t produce the righteousness of God (James 1:20), not even during an election year. Rather, it is the kindness and the goodness of our faithful God which leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). That goodness is evident in the words and actions of God, but it should also be evident in the words and actions of his people—the Church. The world will know that we are his disciples, not by the passion of our politics, but by our love for one another (John 13:35).

Yes, it’s an election year. As the Church, our directive remains the same: put on Christ, walk in grace, and allow Jesus to transform us each and every day.


3 Responses to “Election Year – What Do We Do?”

  1. Leslie McCarthy

    Jesus is always the main thing in life. All else comes after, and Jesus was about loving people. As you said, I hold my politics passionately, and personally. If I am asked I will briefly share what I think, and that in itself has alienated a family member, but I refuse to argue about things that have little to do with the Kingdom. Right now, hard waters to navigate at times, but Jesus makes it simple, be kind, always, even when we don’t agree. Thanks Daniel.

  2. Amen. It can be, it is difficult to not react to some of the “in your face” political comments, that seem to be everywhere asking, trying to determine, what side are you on. Thank you for the encouragement and reminder to keep the main thing the main thing, to keep Jesus the focus of our thoughts, heart, words and actions. Peace while eagerly awaiting His return.

  3. Phil Miller

    Much thanks, Daniel! We all have stories of painful moments and broken relationships over politics. And to think we quickly fall prey to something as fleeting as which way we face when the social and political winds blow this way or that. Imagine how Our Loving Father must feel when we do such things. Very sad. Stay strong and safe, Daniel! GBY….Phil and Linda