Elections: Exhilaratingly Sad

I just exited the voting booth.  It was an exhilaratingly sad feeling.

EXHILARATING:  The right to vote is a privilege we have here in the United States, one we often take for granted.  I never really understood it until 2007 when the company I work for held several contracts for rebuilding Iraq.  A coworker returned and showed me pictures of Iraqi workers walking through the green zone gate, holding up their ink-stained fingers.  They had gone together as one to vote, some for the first time in their lives, and returned almost too excited to work. 

Since then, I take this responsibility very seriously.  I not only cast my votes but I do my best to make them informed votes.  What are the issues?  What are the different platforms?  What does the Bible have to say about such issues, or how do biblical principles apply to the situation?  The last one is often very evident; at other times, very difficult.

SAD:  The fact that we need a President and a governing body is somewhat sad to me.  In Samuel 8-9, Israel broke the heart of God when they asked for a physical king.  The perfect, righteous Jehovah was their King, yet they asked for an imperfect, sinful man-king.  God even had Samuel tell the people what this king would do to them — take their children and their servants for his work and demand a tenth of their grain and land for his purposes — yet the people refused to listen.  They said, “No, but there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles” (8:19-21). 

Does that sound familiar?  We want a king to “fight our battles.”  Life is hard.  If only someone, something could make it easier.

A human ruler will never meet that request, no matter how many laws or programs he/she passes.  Life is hard; but, for the Christian, the hardships of life work in our favor.  They refine us, strengthen us, and make us wise.  Most importantly, the strife of this life keeps our eye peeled on the eastern sky from whence our salvation comes.  Then the toils of this life will be over. 

No more struggle.

No more tears. 

No more pain. 

No more elections.

Come, Lord Jesus!