In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s an election happening soon. Although only 5% of the world’s population is eligible to vote, it is still being billed as a decision that has global repercussions. This election seems to be viewed as more pivotal than any other. The build-up has revealed the dark secrets of both candidates, and it seems likely that more will be revealed before November 8th. Questions have been asked by both commentators and the candidates concerning the ability of each to govern the most powerful nation in the world. Furthermore, the American people seem hesitant that either candidate has the required commitment to see the job through–concerns about the health and mental well-being of both candidates persist.
Personally, I don’t really have too much of an interest as to who gets in. I have friends in the US–both christian and non-christian–and I have heard both perspectives on both candidates. There is a reason why it is being billed as the ’Hobson’s Choice’ election; to many it really is no choice at all. I don’t want to sound detached, but it is at times like this that I’m glad I’m a christian. It has become a cliche, but I did cast a vote almost 30 years ago, and my candidate has been in power ever since. He hasn’t been overthrown or superseded. His name is Jesus Christ.
As I read stories of questions about the identity, ability and faculty of both candidates, I couldn’t help but think of Paul’s words to Timothy;
“I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2 Ti. 1:12)
What a contrast! Like me, Paul remembered the moment he cast his vote for his candidate and he said ‘I know whom I have believed.’ Long after November 8th 2016, there will still be questions raised about the true identity of the winner, but Paul was truly cognisant of the identity of Jesus Christ. It’s good to know that;
‘While all things change, He changes not...His Love’s unchangeably the same’ (James Harrington Evans).
But Paul continues, ‘I know...that He is able to keep.’ There are no questions as to his competence. He has the capacity to say what he is going to do, and see it through, and thus Paul was confident in His ability. Already, this election–as all other elections–has featured promises from both candidates that are impossible to keep. Not so with our candidate. He does what He says, and in our case that means he keeps what we have entrusted to Him. We gave Him everything and He will not fail in its keeping. Finally, Paul says, ‘He’ll keep on keeping it, until that day’ (my translation). He has the faculty to finish the job, that is, keep what we have entrusted to Him, until the day of Christ. There are no questions as to His stamina, or stickability. He does not lack the mental alacrity. He will keep it until that day.
As we view the line up of candidates we might become despondent. Just remember, our candidate is in office, and He is there to stay. He is not tainted with the inadequacies of our human representatives.
Mervyn Hall is in fellowship with his wife in the assembly that meets in Hebron Gospel Hall in Bicester (UK) and is employed as a business consultant to the Healthcare industry.