Kyle Bueermann | @kylebueermann
Well, it’s election time again. That wonderful (awful) time that rolls around every four years when normally sane individuals are beginning to look a little crazy. People whom you thought were really smart begin to look dumber than a bag of hammers. Friendships that have taken decades to form can be destroyed over one Facebook post. Maybe some dude who dropped out of high school to smoke pot has, overnight, become an expert on foreign relations and climate change and economics.
And then really weird things start to happen. Like when a flip-flopping billionaire who has been married multiple times and has steamrolled anyone who has dared to disagree with him or look at him somewhat sideways has been trumpeted as a bulwark of conservative and Christian values. And some scary-looking old guy who looks a little too much like your crazy drunk uncle starts talking about "free" everything and people lose their minds.
Why all the craziness?
I think it’s simple -- People are searching for hope. They’re searching for meaning. They’re searching for a leader. I think people are looking for a Messiah, and apparently we as a nation are looking for it anywhere and everywhere except to the one true Messiah (I’m sorry. That’s probably bigoted and racist).
Shouldn’t all this madness point us to the One true leader? As believers, I think we desperately need to realize that our savior will not come from the White House. The Messiah’s name is not Cruz, Sanders, Trump, or Clinton. Jesus doesn’t have an (R) or (D) after His name.
We see folks searching for things that only God can offer. When Bernie Sanders talks about free college tuition and free healthcare and people go nuts in adoration, shouldn’t we point them to Christ who has offered free eternal life? I think we’re doing a great disservice to our friends, neighbors, and coworkers if we stay silent here.
Now look, elections have consequences... So you and I should vote. Vote your values. If you are a believer in Christ, I hope those values are informed by Scripture. But don’t start looking for the savior of the USA to come from the Republicans or the Democrats or some outside independent.
One final point: In all seriousness, for the sake of the Gospel and the sake of your neighbors, don’t buy the lie that one political party has a corner on Biblical truth. If we do that, we not only lose influence on our neighbors, we lose the power of the Gospel.
And now, just for laughs, here’s a GOP Debate rap video. You’re oh so welcome.
Kyle Bueermann is a New Mexico pastor. He has been married to Michelle since 2004 and they have two kids who are far cooler than he will ever be. He takes his ministry, but not himself, seriously. In addition to his family and ministry, Kyle loves Johnny Cash and the Texas Rangers.You can contact him on Twitter at @kylebueermann.