It has been a few weeks since the election day and the media has declared that Joe Biden is the President-elect. Ever since then, it has been a ruthless battle between him and President Trump over a few key states. As someone who studies politics, I applaud both campaigns for their determination and enthusiasm during this election year. However, I am deeply disappointed in the Christians.
In the midst of the fiery preaching from the politicians and hatred from their followers, I have seen many Christians place their identity with these politicians and declare that only through them can our world be healed. That may seem a little dramatic, but the political climate has made my brothers and sisters in Christ perform like actors in a retelling of Macbeth.
It is okay to support a particular political candidate for a variety of reasons, but he or she should not be worshipped. I am writing to both the Christian Biden and Trump supporters, who put their faith in these candidates as if they could bring salvation to America. Have you not read? “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.”(Psalm 146:3) We have seen people put their faith in world leaders for thousands of years, hoping for justice and prosperity to prevail. The problems God’s people faced in the past are regifted in new wrapping paper. God does good works through world leaders, but he has not given salvation through them.
Have you ever thought why Jesus humbled Himself during His ministry? He did not establish an earthly Kingdom like the Jews thought the messiah would because salvation does not come through the world or its empires. Salvation only comes through Christ alone who reigns above all kings, prime ministers, and presidents. Right after the psalmist wrote Psalm 146:3, he continued with verse 4, “When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” These world leaders are human, and yet we cling to their words as if they are gods. I am pleading with all Christians to not convert to the political religion. Whether or not your candidate gets into office, they will not bring justice and salvation because their plans will perish. Only through God can true justice and salvation be obtained because He is eternal—His plans will never perish. The psalmist declares this when he continued to write, “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose help is in the Lord his God” (v. 5) We must seek God for the answers to justice. Whether it be through executing justice for the oppressed or giving food to the hungry (v. 7), seek help from the Lord when wrestling with the idea of justice. There are plenty of worldly thoughts about justice, but only God provides the perfect way Christians can bring justice to the world. (Read through Deut. 32:4, Psalm 89:14, James 1:27, 2:14-17)