I played trumpet in school bands from fifth grade on up into college. Yes, I was a band nerd (and enjoyed it). But, I was more than just a band nerd. In eighth grade I was elected president of the Elizabeth Middle School Band…I was the president of band nerds.
As I think back on that experience it seems funny, now. What is an eighth grader going to do as president of a middle school band? I suppose I could have been a true leader and organized efforts to cheer the hearts of the community with wonderful concerts that would have been more than a little off-pitch. But, I didn’t. In fact, I can only vaguely remember one meeting with the other officers and our band teacher…and I am not even sure what it was about. Despite my prestigious title, our teacher was the one in charge.
And now, another United States Presidential election is drawing near. The campaign ads have been flying. A mudslide of accusations tumbles out onto the American people. Is Obama a Muslim? Does Palin know what she is talking about? Could McCain be a closet karaoke-junky? Only time will tell.
Two weeks from now all the major networks will be showing us red and blue maps, airing interviews with “expert” political analysts, and giving shocking reports of voter fraud and dangling chads. The world will hold its collective breath (except for those who happen to be sleeping and who also happen to not have sleep apnia) as the votes are tallied and the winner of the race is revealed. McCain or Obama? Palin or Biden? (Sorry, Dwight…I forgot to mention Ron Paul.)
The most important fact that you should keep in mind through this whole process is…
It does not matter who wins the Presidential election.
No, I am not a cynic (some of the time). Read Daniel chapter four very carefully, and as you read, pay close attention to the following statement found in verse twenty five: “…till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom He will.” What is Daniel telling king Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, the most powerful man in the world? He is telling the king that he has no power. Despite what Nebuchadnezzar thought, despite what the citizens of Babylon thought, and despite what the world’s people thought at the time, God was in control. And the same is true today.
What does this mean? It means that, in the grand scheme of things, the President of the United States has no more power than the president of the Elizabeth Middle School Band. It means that God has appointed and will appoint every national leader who sits on a throne or in the Oval Office. God gives the kingdom of men to whom He will.
There are many lessons, but two especially important implications to keep in mind. First, your vote does not mean a thing if God votes differently. Does this mean you should vote morals instead of your pocketbook? Could be. But, then again, God has allowed some extremely immoral people to rule nations to fulfill His purposes (read Habakkuk). Does this mean you should not vote? I don’t think so. God may use your vote for His purposes. But, it does mean that we should pray and trust God.
Second, no matter who wins the election, God is still King. This means that if your candidate is not elected, God is still in control. This means that if the elected President makes some poor choices, God is still in control. This means that if the United States of America is headed for utter destruction because of who is in power…God’s kingdom will never be destroyed, God is in control.
If you are a Christian, then you belong to a nation that is not of this world. You may be an American, but you are first and always a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. Pray for your country, but, most importantly, pray for the Kingdom. Make decisions for your country, but, most importantly, make decisions for the Kingdom. Trust God. He is the real world power.