He’s not the only one. As of right now, five leading Democrats and seventeen leading Republicans have officially declared their candidacy. Others may still join the race. And that’s not counting the dozens of independents (and a handful of crazies) who have thrown their proverbial hats in the ring.
Many Christians are anxiously wringing their hands wondering who will be the next president. I’m here to tell you: Don’t worry about it.
Now, don’t get me wrong. As a Christian, you should be concerned about the upcoming election. God has called you to be a light to the world. He has called you to speak the truth in love. As Christians, we should participate in the political process. We should let our voices be heard. We should vote our consciences.
We should be concerned about who becomes president. It should sadden us when government officials don’t live up to their high calling. Injustices should anger us and lead us to act.
We don’t need to worry, though. Again and again, throughout Scripture, our God tells us not to worry about the future. He lovingly assures us, “Do not be afraid.” Why? Because no matter who is president – no matter what is happening at home or abroad – our God reigns.
God is in control. If you have a chance today, read through Psalm 2. See how God reacts when leaders and governments rage against his will.
They can’t win. In the end, Jesus wins, and because he wins, we too have the victory. Kingdoms will rise and fall. Presidents will come and go, but our God reigns. He will control all of time and history for the good of his children. If he did not spare his only Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also make everything else work for our good.
Now, that doesn’t mean it will be easy. Look at history. Tyrants can quickly steal freedoms. The power and prosperity we enjoy can disappear in less than one generation. Our nation’s future as a world power is by no means guaranteed.
In the end, though, we need not fear. God’s Word will still be preached. No ruler or government throughout history has been able to silence it. God will still provide for and protect his children. No matter what happens here, we are citizens of God’s heavenly kingdom because of Jesus.
Yet, many Christians in our country still worry. They fret and fuss about our government. Some think that if we can just get the right candidate or right party in power, all our problems will disappear. They fear that if the wrong people get elected, we are doomed.
The truth, however, is that the government cannot solve our problems. Only God can.
So this coming year, as the dozens of candidates vie for your vote, let your light shine. Participate in the process. Let your voice be heard.
In the end, though, even if your candidate is not elected – no matter who becomes president – don’t worry about it.
Our God reigns.