Dear Tabernacle Family,
Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
In the current political climate of Erie County, the State of New York, the United States of America, and the world as a whole, this is a difficult passage of scripture with which to align. The vitriol used on both sides of the aisle seems averse to “a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” It is something that sounds good as a stump speech on the campaign trail, but simply impossible. As we go to the polls this Tuesday for the Erie County primaries, let us remember the words of Bishop Robert Stearns, “We’re not to be concerned with the agendas or platforms of the elephant or the donkey. We’re called to be people of The Lamb!”
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2
When we vote, we use our God-given free will to voice our needs and values to our elected leaders. Let us be mindful of that and vote in submission to the “perfect will of God.”
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. – Romans 13:1
I find comfort in these words regardless of the outcome of any election. The Apostle Paul is not addressing the rule of the Romans when he wrote this letter. He is chiefly concerned with the understanding and whole submission to the resurrected King Jesus, The Lamb of God. When we understand that Jesus is King over all, we begin to understand the true rendering of “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks.” These actions are for our elected officials and not simply for compliance with our personal beliefs. It is, instead, the complete submission to our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, Son of God.
I implore you, as your brother, for absolute submission to King Jesus. Vote for Jesus!