Because neither major party really cares about you.
I know it sounds harsh but in the decades I spent in broadcasting I learned that once you hit the state level of office (Governor, etc.) the likelihood that the person in the office actually cares about someone middle class or lower becomes essentially zero. I can count on one hand with fingers left over the number of “national” level politicians that really cared about those who didn’t have significant money.
Appeasing large activist groups. Bowing to the whims of the national media because they don’t want to deal with biased reporters making up stories that really aren’t stories.
So the economy is going to stay what it is. Either employers will cut hundreds of thousands of jobs because of health care costs or big employers will continue to pay wages that people can’t live on to pad their bank accounts. Small business owners? Good luck. You’ll need it.
Jesus isn’t a Republican. He isn’t a “social justice” Democrat either. Both sides use Jesus to try and make you vote for them. If you look at the people involved, you see very little Bible in what they do or say or vote.
And there is an anti-Christian undercurrent running through national politics right now. Even people who proclaim to be followers of Christ on the national stage are taking actions to eliminate Christians from public life. (Which, by the way, if you’re actively taking actions to take Jesus out of something, you’re not really a follower of Christ no matter what you call yourself.) This is going to continue. If you read the Bible, you’ll know it’s going to get worse.
Yes, one party seems to be much more anti-Christian than the other in their policies. However, if you look at the whole picture, neither one really captures the whole of the Bible and Jesus’ teachings nor do they really care to do it.
So why am I telling you this?
Because no matter who wins tomorrow, our calling to be followers of Christ is still the same.
And could be more vital than ever.
There are millions out of work or so underemployed they’re not able to keep their heads above water. Widows are wondering how to keep the heat on this winter. Orphans are looking for stable loving home but they’re becoming much harder to find as couples struggle to survive themselves.
Men are discouraged because they want to provide for their families but can’t find decent jobs. Women are struggling in their marriages because their husbands are so stressed that they try to take the responsibility of the kids all on themselves.
There are going to be more people who could use a bag of groceries.
There are going to be more people who could use someone to stop by just to make sure they’re doing OK.
There are going to be more people who need someone to watch the kids for a night just so an overworked husband or wife can spend time with the one they love.
We can’t count on the government to help anymore. (We really shouldn’t have in the first place, but that’s another post for another day…)
We need to realize that no matter who wins tomorrow, we have to reflect Jesus because now more than ever people need us to do it.
Forget your politics. Forget your “side”.
It’s time to focus on the One who really matters.
And he’s not living in a white building on Pennsylvania Avenue.