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The Only Candidate

There are debates, campaign ads, negative campaign ads, and posters plastered across the town. Election season is upon us. Daily headlines remind us who is battling to become the next leader of the United States. Internet message boards are frequently discussing the agendas of each candidate and who won the previous night’s debate. You can flash forward to 2020, and the names will change, but the discussions will still remain. As a matter of fact, you can flash ahead to 2060 and it won’t change.

People have been chasing power since the beginning. Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes,  interacted with rulers from all over the known world. He saw leader after leader—some foolish and some wise—come and go. And after observing this, Solomon declares that chasing political power is meaningless.

As Christians, we are called to responsibly participate in the political process. We are called to pray for our leaders, regardless of who received our vote to win the election. But, we are not called to put our hope in them. A president is no different than any earthly leader we follow, they are flawed. They are sinners in need of a Savior, just like us.

Jesus is the only leader that can provide the hope of true change. In Jesus, we have a leader who is undefeated, despite being highly questioned by those who oppose Him. His tomb is still empty, and He has conquered sin for all of us.

Following Jesus can bring hope in a season of doubt. It can be the purpose that gives you the drive to battle the hard times. No president can offer that. So, while we participate in the election, and pray for our leaders, let’s remember to put our hope in Jesus.

Reflect:

  • Are you putting your hope in the next president or in Jesus?
  • How often do you pray for our leaders?
  • What is one way you can pray for them today?

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