In this sermon, Pastor Neil provides a pastoral perspective on the presidential election. He reminds us that our trust does not lie in political outcomes, but in Christ Jesus alone. Here are some excepts:

Errors in Christian Thinking

The Political Illusion

In his BreakPoint commentary on Election Day (“today’s BreakPoint: Election Day 2020,”, John Stonestreet noted two opposite errors that Christians, as well as others, are inclined to make. The first is what the French philosopher and sociologist Jacques Ellul called “the political illusion,” which is the idea that politics is the most important aspect of life, and that everything rests on political outcomes (like who wins an election or which party is in control of Congress).

As Stonestreet says, the political illusion means “if our guy is in office, all will be well; if their guy is in office, all will be lost.” He says: “to describe a particular candidate in messianic terms is to suffer from the political illusion. To describe him or her as the anti-Christ is also to suffer from the political illusion. No political candidate will‘save Christianity.’ No candidate can ‘irreparably harm’ it either.”

No President or candidate for President is America’s “savior.” To think otherwise is to fall victim to the political illusion.

The Political Delusion

The other error that some Christians embrace is what Stonestreet calls “the political delusion,” which is the belief that political engagement is pointless and unnecessary, or even sinful, and that Christians should withdraw from involvement in politics and focus only on the work of saving souls. To embrace this delusion is to reject our calling as Christians to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16), and to live out our faith in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ in every sphere of our life here on earth

Our Greatest Power is Not Political

As followers of Jesus, we need to remember where our strength and power come from. The greatest power we have is not political. It is spiritual. Political power is deceptive. It can easily lead you astray. It can lead you to embrace the political illusion and to put all your eggs in the political basket.

Our strength and power come from our connection to the Lord Jesus Christ; from our relationship to God; from the Holy Spirit, Our strength and power come from God with us, dwelling in us, to give us all we need for life and godliness in this world. Regardless of who occupies the White House or which party controls the House and the Senate, it is the grace and strength of the Lord Jesus Christ that make us truly strong (2 Timothy 2:1).

Trust in Christ

We also need to remember to whom our ultimate allegiance belongs…

…[God] calls us to trust in Him, to stick with Him, to renew our trust and hope in Him day by day by day, in the midst of every setback, every disappointment, and every challenge we face in this life. When we like the direction of our country – politically, morally, and spiritually. And when we don’t. Blessed are those who trust in the Lord. You can go to sleep in peace tonight, and every night, with your trust lodged in Him.

Pastor Neil has much more to say on this topic.  Please click on the link below to hear this sermon in its entirety.

November 8, 2020

Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 146:5-10

Dr. Neil Smith

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