Stand Up and Be Counted

As the Presidential election draws near, the nation has become more divided than ever. People are consumed with their political viewpoints and often spew venom in speaking about leaders within the opposing political party. Debates have raged over countless issues and candidates are quick to tell you all the negative things their opponent has done, rather than focusing on their own accomplishments and what they will do to help lead this country.

Although I certainly believe there is a place for politics and we all need to vote, as this is part of our duty as American citizens, I submit we have an even greater responsibility as citizens of the kingdom of God. Just as every person running for office wants you to turn in your ballot because every vote counts, the King of Kings wants us to stand up and be counted – every minute of every day. Are you one of His supporters or do you prefer the lies of the prince of this world?

Every day, in every decision we make, we’re casting a spiritual ballot, either for light or darkness. When we’re willing to do what is right, even when it is hard, we’re saying we believe, support, and follow the teachings of Jesus – the light of the world. When we give in to the desires of our flesh, because it easy or feels good, we’re turning our back on Him and voting for darkness to reign in our lives.

If you think of your life as a compass and Jesus as true North, with every decision we make that does not align with His will or His teachings, we turn another degree South. For many of us, the needle on our compass keeps moving back and forth, and we hover somewhere around East or West. But, we read in Scripture that the Father wants us wholly committed to him or not at all. Revelation 3:15-16 says, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

We are called to be holy, a people set apart and members of a contrast community. Long after the Presidential election is over, God still wants us to stand up and be counted as followers of Christ. Vote for kindness in your life, rather than hatred and rage. Vote for humility instead of arrogance. Vote for peace over anxiety and stress. Vote for unity rather than divisiveness. Vote for the King of Kings to rule your life.

by Paul McCullough
Paul and his family came to Kingsway four years ago, after moving back to the United States from an overseas military tour in Japan. He has been with his bride, Heather, for 21 years and they have been blessed with two great kids, Paul IV and Sarah. Paul is passionate about ministry, working full time at the American Bible Society and engaging at Kingsway in KLS, Growth Track, Next Steps, and LifeGroups. He enjoys spending his spare time reading, building nanoblocks, and watching great movies.