The Word of God says something very interesting to the church at Corinth. Paul essentially taught that we should live our lives with the right priorities. As I shared earlier, keeping the main thing, the main thing.
Paul wrote, “But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; 30 and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; 31 and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.” 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Let’s just look at one of Paul’s admonitions. He taught that a husband should live life as though he had no wife. Is Paul really teaching that husbands should totally disregard their wives and live like a single man? …Of course not.
Paul is being consistent with the rest of Scripture. There are a multitude of verses in the Bible, which teach the important and vital responsibilities of a husband to his wife (just read the beginning of 1 Corinthians 7). It is an issue of priority. God always comes first. Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. We are to always seek God first and everything else will fall into place.
John Piper wrote regarding voting, “So it is with voting. We deal with the system. We deal with the news. We deal with the candidates. We deal with the issues. But we deal with it all as if not dealing with it. It does not have our fullest attention. It is not the great thing in our lives. Christ is. And Christ will be ruling over his people with perfect supremacy no matter who is elected and no matter what government stands or falls. So we vote as though not voting.”*
As Christians, we must keep first things first and the main thing, the main thing. Our priorities must always remain intact as we live out our lives because God is ultimately in control and, therefore, our final hope rests with God and not on political candidates, political power, political platforms or political initiatives.
Our ultimate hope will then influence how we view the right and responsibility to vote. It changes our thinking and expectations of what the political process can and will achieve in the final analysis.
So by all means, study the candidates and the propositions. Decide on how you will vote using the guidelines already given in previous blogs. Then vote as though you are not voting.
Something to think about…
*John Piper, “Let Christians Vote as Though They Were Not Voting”, Desiring God, October 22, 2008