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Election Day

Weekly Devotionals

Election Day

“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul [Trump],” and another, “I follow Apollos [Biden],” are you not mere human beings?”  

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:1-4, 16-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I know that there has been much written and said about the US presidential election in the news, social media and online sermons. But here’s one last devotional before we find out what happens this Tuesday/Wednesday, barring any delays.

In our passage (including ch.1), we see that the Corinthian church has been quarreling over their favorite Bible teachers, Paul, Apollos or Peter. And the driving question comes down to “Who do you follow?” We do this all the time with famous preachers. Tim Keller for the smart Christians, Bill Johnson for those who truly walk with the Spirit, and of course for those of us who are truly right, “Well, we follow Jesus.” Although this passage is talking about Christian leaders, I believe the same spirit (posture or mentality) often lies behind which political leader we support.

But even if this is not what characterizes you and your vote, there is another underlying issue that Paul addresses here. In v. 16-17, Paul says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”  Why is Paul mentioning this here? What is it that could destroy God’s temple, which us, the body of Christ? The passage speaks for itself. Division. When the people of God experience division over who they follow (or even what political ideologies they follow) to the degree that “there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?” (v. 3). Have we forgotten that there is something that binds us with greater strength than even molecular bonding…none other than the Spirit of God?

Paul goes on in v. 18, “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become ‘fools’ so that you may become wise.” What’s the issue here? People think they are so wise in choosing the person they follow. “I know. They don’t know.” Or “How can you not know?” “How could you vote for him?” But how much do any of us really know? Do we possess the wisdom of God that we can evaluate how a particular leader can affect the course of history to bend (in the long run) in alignment with God’s Kingdom (Biden and Trump alike)? Beware of what you think you know.

Finally in v. 21, Paul says, “So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours.…” What does he mean by this? You already have everything in Christ! He owns the world and you are His; so don’t lower yourself by engaging in worldly arguments over who you follow as if that justifies who you are. Because if you think about, when we argue over candidates we’re just trying to validate what we believe. But if our fundamental faith is such that “We believe in Jesus” (meaning, my faith in Christ and his Kingdom is what validates and justifies me, not my political beliefs or followings), then it puts the election and everything else in its proper perspective.