Have you noticed today’s political climate is not exactly conducive to spiritual health? For some the danger is divisiveness and for others it’s utter despair. Either way, the political atmosphere can derail us.
Your Dual Citizenship
I won’t minimize our civic duty. I hope we all take advantage of our wonderful privilege to vote. But we have a dual citizenship. Consider the promise of Revelation 11:15:
The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever.
The chapter paints a powerful scene of breathtaking worship in heaven, while dreadful, seemingly out of control wickedness spirals to its ultimate end on earth. What a contrast! Yet God is about to right all wrongs, and all of heaven knows it.
Your Highest Hopes
This is where we are ultimately headed. Use your vote to support whatever you hope the best outcomes of the November election could possibly be. But can we agree to set our highest hopes well above the fray?
Please do not let today’s political promises of a better tomorrow siphon off your dedication to the kingdom of God today. If believers don’t take deliberate steps to resist this temptation, enthusiasm for the ultimate campaign will take a back seat.
I’m talking about enthusiasm to make the King of the Universe known, and to focus on His kingdom, not only as described in Revelation, but here and now. Our heavenly citizenship begins as soon as we surrender our hearts to Jesus, and so does our duty and privilege to serve Him and His Kingdom.
I’m asking you to join me in making a predetermined stand to prioritize the clarion call of the Kingdom of Christ over the siren call of the kingdom of this world. We should not withdraw from earthly concerns as we approach the upcoming election, but we need to remember what matters most.
I think about the story of Mary and Martha. Martha complained to Jesus that Mary was listening to Him instead of helping Martha to serve their guests. Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41–42). It’s natural to worry and be troubled. Let’s choose in advance that good part that won’t be taken away.
Some of the most heated political conversations I have overheard have been in the lobbies of churches I have visited as a guest preacher. Let’s not allow worry or frustration to become a point of division in our families and in the body of Christ.
I am as much a dual citizen of this country and God’s kingdom as you are, so let’s be encouraged together at the start of this year.
God is seated on His throne and He has declared the end from the beginning. We know who wins in the end. That is our strong confidence when we face uncertainty about who may or may not be “winning” here on earth.
As an aside, the increased volume of mail in presidential election years is so exponential that sometimes our monthly newsletter arrives in people’s mailboxes weeks late. This impacts giving, so I would appreciate your prayers for that. It is critical that our friends and supporters not be distracted by the increased volume of noise that so often accompanies these seasons.
The Way Forward
I know that God promises to provide for all our needs, and I am so excited about all of our new missionaries and initiatives for gospel outreach that we are planning for this year. Jews for Jesus wants to continue being worthy of your support, and I know you appreciate that because you are our partner.
Let’s remember these things as we enter the new year. Let’s be hopeful and steadfast to shine Yeshua’s (Jesus’) light as best we can in this broken world, yet knowing that ultimately, “our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).