And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
– Ephesians 1:19-23
In the wake of tonight’s second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, let those of us who profess Christ’s name not forget that he is King over all governments and authorities in this world and in the heavenly realms. Whoever wins the election on November 6th will be the President of the United Sates, but he will not be the most powerful person in the world. Even he is subjected to the will and authority of Jesus Christ. The New Testament clearly teaches that the Gospel of the Cross encompasses the Gospel of the Kingdom, namely, that Jesus came to earth not only to die for our sins and be raised to life, but to become king over all!
It’s so easy to become caught up in the particulars of debates – and I stand guilty of this. Particulars are not necessarily bad and Christians are wise to be economically and politically informed about the myriad of issues discussed in the debates and which face our nation. However, we should not think that squabbling and bickering over particulars will save our nation or curry divine favor. We should stand for truth and expose dishonesty and falsehood, but let us do it in a way that this honoring and pleasing to our King and that will bring Him glory. Let us take comfort that Jesus is not only a sovereign King over this election season and the outcome in a few weeks, but he is also our great high priest and daily advocate. With these things in mind that both comfort and motivate us, we will better be able to serve one another in the political arena as we strive for the welfare of our city and the proclamation of the gospel.