An Alien’s Perspective on Tuesday’s Election November 5, 2012
AN ALIEN’S PERSPECTIVE ON TUESDAY’S ELECTION
I’m a citizen of a different kingdom (Phil 3:20), andso my interest in American politics is only as an outsider. I’m actually justhere as an ambassador, proclaiming a message for the King of all kings (2 Cor5:20). I’m also a soldier, advancing the interests of my homeland and beingcareful not to get too caught up in civilian affairs (2 Tim 2:3-4). No matterwhat, I always try to keep the words of my King in mind when He said, “Mykingdom is not of this world” (Jn 18:36).
According to Him, my role here in this foreign land isto do everything I can to transform it and heal it; but ultimately, I’m here tohelp people emigrate from it to my homeland. My orders are simple: to live outand to tell the incredible story of the innocent Prince-turned-Diplomat whoseoutrageous murder brought about the best and most lasting peace accord ever.It’s an incredible job! These foreigners I rub shoulders with every day tend tohave the wrong view of my country, so I’m happy to help change their perceptionany time I can. It’s exciting for me to imagine a day when the average personhere says: “Christians? Oh, yeah, those are the people who are always kind evento their enemies. It must have something to do with God’s love and forgivenessthrough Jesus, like they are always talking about.”
That doesn’t mean I don’t care about the welfare of America. Ofcourse I do. I frequently ponder our Christian obligation to work and pray forthe welfare of the foreign city where we live (Jer 29:7; 1 Tim 2:1-2), and Itry to conjure up new ways to do that.
It just means that I’m always going to be an alienhere in the United States of America, and so I’m not overly concernedwith questions about earthly kings and their kingdoms. Don’t misunderstand. Iwill definitely vote on November 6, but I know I’ll feel a little out of placedoing it, like a traveler nominating the best hotel manager before I check outand head for home.