Obama, McCain, or Jesus

This political season seems to have been going on longer and been more intense than any other in history.  Some are strongly for Obama, others strongly for McCain, and still others vehemently opposed to either one or the other.  Christians are not immune to getting caught up in the debate over who should be the next President of the United States.

Therein lies a problem.  Not that Christians should stay out the voting booth–it is a privilege to vote regardless of one’s faith.  It is just that if we allow ourselves to become engulfed in the debate of who is the better candidate, we are likely to lose sight of the fact that we already have a King.

Who the next President will be is important, of course.  But this importance pales in comparison to the fact that the Kingdom we should be most concerned with is not of the world.  It is the Kingdom of God and Jesus is the ruler. 

What happens to the message of the gospel if we spend our time arguing over who should be the “king” of this worldly kingdom instead of pointing people to the King of Kings?  I believe it hurts the cause of Christ and the good news gets lost in the shuffle.

Let me be clear–Christians should exercise their freedom to vote (or not vote) for whomever they would like.  However, we should remain convinced that the most important Kingdom is not the kingdom of the USA, but the Kingdom of God.  We should never allow presidential politics to dominate our thoughts or our words because doing so is a slap in the face of the One who is truly our King.

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