If there were one topic I have been asked to preach about it would be the coming election. I have had many friends at MBC come to me and ask if I will preach about our nation’s election this following Tuesday.
Before I answer the question I want to start by sharing with you that my decision has been a prayed over decision. It is a decision that I have not taken lightly. Here is my decision: This presidential election I am choosing not to preach on the Christian’s basis for voting.
First and foremost it has nothing to do with the candidate’s religions. I have been open and blogged that I believe that both men running for our highest office are lost and in need of Jesus. I am also not avoiding the sermon because I am afraid. I have come to realize that not preaching on the election this Sunday takes a lot more courage. The bottom line is I do not want to lower the pure message of the gospel and bathe it in politics.
Every Sunday as I step up to preach, I am greeted by a scripture that I placed on my pulpit as a reminder. It says, “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” This scripture reminds me that my job from the pulpit of the church is to be an evangelist proclaiming God’s word. It also warns me every week that my greatest temptation will be to leave God’s word for what would gain me an audience.
Every Sunday we as a church affirm one basic principle. We say together “It’s not about you, It’s not about me, It’s all about Jesus.” When we come to church we don’t come to stump for republicans or democrats. There are many republicans who are saved and there are many republicans who are lost. In the same way, there are many democrats who are saved and there are many who are lost. As a church It’s not about politics, it is all about Jesus. Our place as a church is not to advance a political party, it is to advance the gospel.
In my journey to pray and seek what God would have me preach this Sunday, God laid two verses on my heart. “Galatians 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” and, “1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
Why am I not preaching about the election this coming Sunday? I am willfully and purposely choosing not to preach about politics this Sunday because I believe that it is the gospel that will change our nation, not a president, congress or local official. I am not advocating that you should not vote. Please vote and vote for the candidate you believe will protect the helpless and unborn in our society. All of that said, if we genuinely want to see our nation turn back to God we must make the gospel just as urgent as we make our elections.
This Sunday I will gladly proclaim that Jesus gives us life and life abundantly. I am choosing to preach from scripture because the gospel is my most important issue. All I have is Jesus. Our country’s hope is in Jesus. I simply don’t want to get distracted from what matters the most.