For months now we've been incessantly bombarded with election coverage from the news media and election ads on radio and television. This Tuesday is election day, and it'll finally (mercifully?) be over, for the most part. Oh, we'll still be in store for analysis from a long string of individuals for days on end, but the bulk of the election madness will be finished. I don't know about you, but I'm ready!!!
Election season is frustrating, not only because of the endless ads from everybody running for any imaginable office, but also for all of the deception, lies and ugliness that have become the norm in politics. Politicians running for office tell their supposed constituents almost anything, it seems, in order to get their votes and be elected. Then, when they get elected, pretty much regardless of who it is who gets elected, they almost immediately set about getting ready for their next election! Instead of really representing the people who elected them, the whole process devolves into a political game.
In political elections, even when the person we want to be elected gets elected, we'll likely end up disappointed with the job he/she does once in office. But there's another, all important election that's running its course right now. It won't end on Tuesday but will be an election in progress every day for the rest of our lives. This election has nothing to do with politicians. It has nothing to do with holding some public office. It has nothing to do with governorships, presidencies, legislatures or congress. We don't go to the polls and cast a vote for somebody else in this election. This election is all about us, each one of us, as an individual.
Peter admonishes, "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;" (2 Pet. 1:10). This election is for a home in Heaven. God casts the only vote. We run our campaign every day in the way we live our lives before Him. Our eternal salvation is what we're running for. To lose will mean spending eternity condemned in Hell.
There is no possibility to secure a victory in this election by means of deceptions or lies. We will not be able to make false promises to gain God's vote, for He already knows everything about us, including our deepest thoughts (Ps. 139:1-4). The devil is our ruthless adversary (1 Pet. 5:8). To let him win means not just our defeat but our personal destruction, eternally! But God assures us of victory (1 Cor. 15:57). The condition is our faithfulness to Him (Rev. 2:10).
Each of us needs to look at our lives through lenses of careful, honest self-examination. While alive, we still have the opportunity to change. Once this life is past, the race will have been run, the campaign will be finished, the election will be over. God will cast His vote. Make any changes in your life that need to be made now. This election we dare not lose!
Gary L. Hutchens