This is the last Sunday before the election, and next Lord’s Day we will all know a lot more about what exactly we have done to ourselves. Consider this exhortation a last set of reminders.
First, the church is necessarily a political force, and nothing in governmental restrictions can be done to undo that. We are a polis, created and designed by God to disrupt the unbelieving polis, and disrupt it we shall. But we also believe that we have a responsibility to be political without being partisan. This does not mean that we content ourselves with vague abstractions, but rather that we insist that unbelieving movements, parties, agendas, factions, or candidates do not have the privilege of co-opting the voice of the church, or manipulating it, or buying it. What we say to the world must be grounded in the Word, and not in ungodly compromises. Jehoshaphat was a good king, but he was a good king who had no business in alliance with Ahab.
Second, because the unbelief and petty idolatries of the world have made a pig’s breakfast of the presidential election, many believers—especially in this congregation—will be tempted to stay home. But you may not stay home. You may not ride this one out, whether or not you have anyone to vote for in the presidential election. You have down ballot duties. You have down ballot responsibilities. In the world, the presidential election is an engine that drives turnout for all the other elections. We will know that we have made great progress when we have reversed that—when we recognize that political reformation begins at the county and district levels. Your down ballot duties are your primary duties in this.
And last, Jesus is Lord. He has been crowned by the Ancient of Days and given universal dominion over all the nations of men, including this one. That is not on the ballot, and never will be. Whatever happens will fundamentally be the result of His scepter, and not of our voting. So whatever else you do, when you go into the voting booth, make sure you pray the Kyrie. Κύριε ἐλέησον, Χριστέ ἐλέησον. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.