The presidential election is almost upon us. And regardless of what your political views may be, I think we are all looking forward to the end of the campaign. That way our social media feeds that are filled with links to articles and fierce debates over which candidate is better or worse can go back to what God intended Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for in the first place: pet and recipe videos.
But regardless of your political views, my sense is that the most common reaction to our current election season is a profound sense of disappointment and frustration. In a country of nearly 300 million people surely these cannot be the best candidates, right? Beyond disappointment and frustration, I have seen a good number of people, including believers, express despair at the future of our country. Some have gone so far as to claim that if a certain candidate is or is not elected, it could mean the end of Christianity here in the United States.
So at a time like this, when it seems like the broader culture around us and the political sphere in particular is so broken, how should we as followers of Jesus Christ live?
I believe the book of Philippians can help us answer that question. It does so by reminding us as believers that we are called to live joyfully as citizens of God’s kingdom. We do so by understanding our calling, seeing our King, accepting our commission, and embracing our confidence.
Want to learn more? You can listen to the sermon audio here:
And of course, for even more in Philippians, see my commentary: Philippians: A Mentor Commentary.