This is an unsatisfying election for most Christians. Conservatives who like to vote on the basis of a candidate’s religious beliefs see that both major party candidates are far from biblical Christianity—and voting for a third party candidate is essentially voting for President Obama. Moderates who want to atone in the election booth for America’s racist sins have been there, done that—in 2008. Meanwhile, some liberal Christians know the best way to help the poor is to grow the economy, and they know the Obama administration has failed utterly at that. Those who are pro-life don’t like to hold hands with proponents of safe and legal—not even rare—mass killing of the littlest people.
But dissatisfaction is far from despair for three reasons—one patriotic, one psychological, one theological. First, I’m writing this on an airplane heading back to the United States after two weeks in countries now independent but still recovering from their years of slavery within the Soviet Union. God has spared us so much, and our problems are still much less severe than those of other countries. On this Satan-stirred planet we’re still the best house in a bad neighborhood.
Second, all Christian citizens should vote and be politically involved, but we cannot control the national results. If we’re depressed, we should remember the teachings of Psalm 131: “I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul.”
Third, the owner of Corner Kitchen wrote about the “surreal” atmosphere in his restaurant the night President Obama came: “When the president comes to your place, the atmosphere is pretty electric.” But when God sends His only begotten Son to die for us while we are yet sinners, how could an atmosphere be more electric?