With it being election year, we are constantly bombarded with political opinions. Everyone feels bold and thinks that spewing hatred on social media will somehow win over or convince their 'friends' so that their candidate will win. I am not on Facebook, but sometimes troll on Nathaniel's account in order to see what's going on out there in the world. Honestly, I am so thankful that I don't have Facebook. What a way to be continually frustrated, jealous, and discontent with life! Seriously! Between this, and all of the people re-connecting with old flames and then leaving their spouses, I think I am better off without it. I've always said that I should have been born as Ma Ingalls, and she didn't worry with Facebook, so why should I! Ha!
Anyway, this post isn't really about Facebook. It's about my citizenship. I'm a registered voter. In fact, I turned 18 my senior year of high school and I remember how excited I was that I could register and cast my very first vote in an official election. I thought I had arrived! I continue to try to make solid, educated choices when I cast my ballot in an election, whether it be a local race or a vote for a presidential candidate. I've long said, though, that sometimes choosing who to vote for is like picking your favorite mosquito out of the swarm. There aren't any good choices.
I've been shocked at all of the hatred and mud being slung in the current presidential race. Sadly, I'm not talking about the hatred that the candidates are throwing at each other. That is what I have come to expect from any candidate. But the shock has been to watch and read as Christians, those who wear the name of Christ, say terrible and awful things with great gusto, justification, and confidence.
Here's the truth for me. Folks, I don't ever want to ruin my testimony for Christ because I feel the need to speak harshly in order to support or oppose a candidate in an election. I love America, but the bottom line is, my citizenship lies elsewhere. I am a child of the King, and my citizenship is in Heaven. I am only passing through here, and while I love this country and all that it was founded upon many years ago, my freedom is in Christ alone. I believe with all of my heart that God will fulfill His plan for me no matter who wins the election. I've said to others in recent weeks that it isn't about a donkey (Democrats) or an elephant (Republicans). For me, it is all about a lamb. THE Lamb. Jesus Christ. Maybe I should have a t-shirt made! Who wants to hook me up? Ha!
So there it is. The National Anthem brings me to tears often, but even more-so do songs like Amazing Grace and It Is Well With My Soul. Because it is. My life is filled with amazing grace, and it truly is well with my soul.
So what about you? Are you more concerned with a donkey, and elephant, or The Lamb? Choose wisely, your life really does depend on it.
But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.
--Philippians 3:20-21 (MSG)