Exiles in an Election Season

“Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the Lord on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper.”
Jeremiah‬ ‭29:7‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

I’ve never been a very politically-minded person. I don’t have a lot of patience for politics. In this season leading up to our presidential election, I am digging in a bit to familiarize myself with the platforms and policies of the candidates so that I can make my own educated judgments about who I think should be the next president.

Some of the debates have been civil and healthy; others have been more akin to a circus. I’ve never used the word “buffoonery” more in my life than I have in the last 2 weeks. I have growing convictions about who I would prefer to win the election and who I deeply hope will not win the election. The more I come to an understanding of who these candidates are and what they stand for, the more thankful I am that I serve a king and not a president. 

Like all Jesus followers, I am nothing more than an exile on mission. It is important that I (we all) seek the welfare of the city into which we have been sent as exiles. To say that Jesus is Lord is to say that Caesar is not Lord.