If You Don’t Vote…

I’m bothered by “Christians” that come across as constantly:

angry

irritated

frustrated

disgusted

hateful

superior

negative

I’m more so bothered that the same people come across as finding pride in bearing these wonderful fruits for everyone to see.  That somehow it is their duty to wear these badges on their armor as they fight until the very bitter end.

That “joy” is found in expressing these things and not something opposed to these things.

I know that I am a Christian who occasionally comes across as all of those specific annoying traits.

But I literally pray that it isn’t a constant.  And that I would never be boastful of characteristics that are more like Satan than they are Jesus.

What I greatly despise about political season is that both parties can exalt an Israelite carpenter that walked the earth a couple thousand years ago as if He came to die solely for their American Donkey/Elephant causes.

Anyways, one of the phrases I’ve heard from church people a lot every 4 years is one that you have heard as well from church people and from non-church people:

“If you don’t vote, then you don’t have the right to complain about the result!”

If you don’t consider yourself a church person or a Jesus person or anything like that, then the rest of this isn’t for you.  You can read along if you like, but totally disregard what I’m about to say to the people who read this and would say they are Jesus followers…if you like.

The above statement could be better stated this way:

“If my party loses, I can’t freaking WAIT to complain the next 4 years about the result…because I didn’t vote for him…”

The old man Paul, who wrote most of the letters that make up the New Testament had a somewhat different idea about this.

Philippians 2:14

“Do everything without complaining….”

and in case you didn’t understand, he adds…

“or arguing.”

So one more time in case we missed it with my snide interruption:

“Do everything without complaining or arguing.”

Everything simply means

Every.

Thing.

Paul, who had a pretty difficult life and could have lived his entire life as if every day was this overwhelming “battle/war” and could have been the leading champion of anger/irritation/frustration/disgust/hate/superiority/negativity

instead says that you and I, as followers of Jesus, don’t have

any.

right.

to complain about

any.

thing.

ever.

So what do we do if we lose?

Whether your party wins or loses is somewhat irrelevant.  What is more relevant is how you view your entire life.

Is it a constant war?

Or is it incredibly beautiful?

Or is it a blend of the two?

As an American, I’d say we come out on the side of being so incredibly blessed it is literally unbelievable to people in other countries.

And no matter who wins tomorrow, you and I will still be so much more wealthy than pretty much the entire population of the world in 4 years.

So vote tomorrow to express yourself and your beliefs.  Or don’t vote.

But either way, don’t complain.  And please don’t vote so that you can earn that right to complain.

Not if you say you love Jesus.

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