A Few Thoughts As We Head Into Election Season

Labor Day. I cannot believe that it is here already. As a “summer girl,” I hate to see the season coming to an end. Even now, I can hear my friend, Sharon, saying, “Time to put away those white capris until after Memorial Day.” Even though I’ll keep wearing white capris and my sandals far into October, I have to admit, a change of season is coming. Being an election year, Labor Day is traditionally when Americans begin to really focus on campaigns and elections. If what we’ve already seen on social media in the summer is any indication, it’s safe to say that things will get rough out there as people share their beliefs and opinions. Before we wade too deeply into the fray, here are a few thoughts that we need to remember as Christians. Let me begin by admitting that I am a woman with deeply held political views. I believe this is an important election that will determine the fate of our country in the future. I fully intend to vote, to encourage others to vote, and to pray my heart out for the election. So when I say these things, I am speaking to myself as well. I’m also reminding myself that: Although America is my country, Heaven is my home.

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 3:20)

-I do not follow a man or a political party; I follow Jesus and the principles of the Bible. -I am not called to share political propaganda. I am called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More important than winning a political debate on social media or even winning someone’s vote, is living a life worthy of my calling—maintaining Christian character—living, acting, and responding to every situation like a Christian. We need to remember that our allegiance is and always will be to Jesus. As it says in Philippians 1:27, “Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.” (NLT) No matter who wins in November, God is still in control, He still has a plan to advance His kingdom. God always has a plan for the church and each of us as individuals. As believers, we are called to pray. We are called to vote. If the Holy Spirit leads you, then yes, feel free to campaign. However, whatever you do, remember to do it in a way that positively reflects Jesus and Christianity. Speak kindly. Choose your words carefully. Don’t act out of anger or fear.

“Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.”

(1 Timothy 2:8, NIV)

Don’t fall for every lie that comes along—use wisdom.

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” (Ephesians 4:25)

Avoid name-calling, personal attacks, and memes that are simply beneath the dignity of a Christian.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

(Ephesians 4:31-32)

Remember, the soul of the person you are speaking to and where they spend eternity is exponentially more important than how they vote. Don’t tarnish your Christian witness over politics. It’s not worth it. Here’s another tip: don’t let the election consume your life. Be consumed by passionately following Jesus and obeying God’s Word. I’m not saying that we should ignore the election—we must take part in it—I’m just saying we need to maintain perspective. Remember that ultimately, as believers, we are citizens of Heaven. We are called to follow Jesus no matter who is in the White House or Congress. Either way, I genuinely believe that persecution is coming to the Church. Either way, God is in control. So don’t be afraid. Don’t act in hysteria or anger. Be sober and vigilante. (1 Peter 5:8) Remember who you are and Whose you are. . Don’t let your political fervor destroy your Christian character. First and foremost, you are a follower of Christ—a light in a dark world—an example of how great life can be with Jesus. (Matthew 5:14) Don’t sacrifice that privilege to wade into the political mud. Pray. Vote. Pray after you vote. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as you share. Above all, act like a Christian. Remember, you represent Christ and His Church in all that you do. Let’s represent Him well.

---Adessa

Adessa Holden is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God specializing in Women's Ministry. Together with her brother, Jamie, they manage 4One Ministries and travel the East Coast speaking, holding conferences, and producing Men's and Women's resources that provide practical Biblical teaching for everyday life.

When asked about herself, she'll tell you "I'm a women's minister, a sister, and a daughter. I love to laugh and spend time with people. My favorite things are chocolate, the ocean, sandals and white capris, anything purple, summertime and riding in the car listening to music. It is my absolute honor and privilege to serve Jesus and women through this ministry.

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