The presidential election has been the focus of attention of numerous Christians in the last few months. Christ-followers on both sides of the aisle post on social media regarding their political views and positions. At times, it seems that these individuals believe if a particular candidate wins the election, there is no hope for the church. They appear to place their hope and focus on politics as the savior for the nation.
The Apostle Paul grants us a different viewpoint regarding our focus and identity as Christ-followers. In his letter to the church in Philippi, he encourages the believers there, stating, “Just one thing: As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ.”(Philippians 1:27a CSB) Later, in the same letter, he reminds the Philippians that this world is not their focus. Paul writes, “They are focused on earthly things, but our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”(Philippians 3:19b-20 CSB) Paul juxtaposes earthly citizenship and a worldly focus against the heavenly citizenship of believers and a Kingdom focus.
Now I’m not saying that these Scripture passages call believers not to exercise their responsibility as citizens of their earthly nation. Scripture admonishes Christ-followers to submit to earthly authorities and to obey the laws of earthly governments. However, these passages do lead one to ask the question, “Where are our hope and focus?”
As citizens of heaven, we should look at politics and elections differently than others. Our hope is not in government. Our hope is in Jesus Christ and our future resurrection. We seek to advance the Kingdom of Christ and look forward to His return to consummate His Kingdom.
So, as we venture into the month before a presidential election, let’s remember that our identity as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven overshadows any earthly citizenship we might have. As Kingdom citizens, we have a hope that eclipses any hope offered by a particular political candidate or government. Our hope is in a Kingdom not made by human hands. Let this truth bring you peace, comfort, and joy during this presidential election.