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Voting Matters and Yet . . .

November 3, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Solid, perspective giving words from John Piper on the vote that will happen this week in the U.S. Based upon 1 Cor 7:29-31. I have just summarized his main points—would suggest that you read his whole post before you react or copy to others.

1. “Let those who have wives live as though they had none.”

So it is with voting. We should do it. But only as if we were not doing it. Its outcomes do not give us the greatest joy when they go our way, and they do not demoralize us when they don’t.

2. “Let those who mourn [do so] as though they were not mourning.”

So it is with voting. There are losses. We mourn. But not as those who have no hope. We vote and we lose, or we vote and we win. In either case, we win or lose as if we were not winning or losing. Our expectations and frustrations are modest. The best this world can offer is short and small. The worst it can offer has been predicted in the book of Revelation. And no vote will hold it back.

3. “Let those who rejoice [do so] as though they were not rejoicing.”

So it is with voting. There are joys. The very act of voting is a joyful statement that we are not under a tyrant. And there may be happy victories. But the best government we get is a foreshadowing. Peace and justice are approximated now. They will be perfect when Christ comes. So our joy is modest. Our triumphs are short-lived—and shot through with imperfection. So we vote as though not voting.

4. “Let those who buy [do so] as though they had no goods.

So it is with voting. We do not withdraw. We are involved—but as if not involved. Politics does not have ultimate weight for us. It is one more stage for acting out the truth that Christ, and not politics is supreme.

5. “Let those who deal with the world [do so] as though they had no dealings with it.”

So it is with voting. We deal with the system. We deal with the news. We deal with the candidates. We deal with the issues. But we deal with it all as if not dealing with it. It does not have our fullest attention. It is not the great thing in our lives. Christ is. And Christ will be ruling over his people with perfect supremacy no matter who is elected and no matter what government stands or falls. So we vote as though not voting.

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org

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  1. Andrew
    November 3, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Comparing the election writings of Piper with the election writings of Dobson brings into stark relief how wise the former is and how foolish the latter.

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