It’s election day in America. If you’re reading these words, you’ve likely cast your vote or are on your way to do so. At least you’d better be (unless you’re not voting for my preferred candidate, then you can stay home).
Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, Green Party, (or just like to party), I bet there’s one issue that shows up in some capacity on every one of your ballots.
You were afraid I was going to say that, weren’t you?
Fear is the driving force for so many aspects of our lives. Sometimes overt and aggressive. Other times a silent engine propelling us obliviously forward. It’s scary how many decisions we make based on fear. The media knows it. Marketers know it. Politicians know it. (Some pastors even know it). Fear is a serious motivator.
We fear being left out.
We fear looking stupid.
We fear big government.
We fear greedy businessmen.
We fear that our kids won’t turn out well.
We fear spiders (at least I seriously do).
We fear running out of money.
We fear not mattering.
We fear loneliness.
We fear hell.
Fill in your own blank – I fear _______________. How is that fear driving the decisions you make?
Regardless of who emerges as our next President, you can be sure ballot boxes will be stuffed with plenty of fear today. And upwards of half this country will climb into bed with even more of it tonight. Which might have something to do with why I can’t seem to get this Scripture out of my head:
“There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.”
–1 John 4:18 MSG
So vote today. Vote your conscience. Vote passionately! But whether it’s Obama or Romney, if you’re celebrating or mourning, I only have one piece of advice (that I’m fully preaching to myself) – do not be afraid. Your life doesn’t rest in the hands of our next President, it rests in a God who loved you so much that He came for you when you had no way to get to Him.
Jesus loves you.
And there’s no room in that immense love for any fear. No empty campaign promise here. He’s already delivered.