The Philippines had national elections in May. The U.S. is voting next week. Sudan has a referendum in January that could split the country into two national entities.
Elections represent an important opportunity for Christians. Followers of Christ should be exemplary in our engagement in the political process. Jesus Christ calls us to forge godly culture and promote biblical values, and responsible voting comprises one dimension of living Christianly, one aspect of obedience to the authority of Christ.
As he closed the Great Commission, Jesus said, “Behold, I am with you always.” The English “behold” translates the Greek word idou. Some versions strip the original of its force by translating idou as “surely.” But the word is in the imperative mood. As imperative, it has the same force as “Go make disciples,” thus “Behold” is a better translation. Christ is saying “Hey, pay attention!”
Why might Christ command us to “Look!”? Maybe because we get so preoccupied with our own lives and circumstances that we fail to focus on his priorities? Do we fail to recognize Christ’s presence and purpose in our lives because our thoughts are elsewhere?
Look! Jesus is “with us always . . . to the very end of the age”! His power, authority, love, and grace abound! Behold! He is king of heaven and earth, and of time.
And of elections.
- Darrow Miller and Gary Brumbelow