During presidential elections there’s a lot of talk about party loyalty. Are you blue, or are you red? Who are you backing? Who do profess to be your leader, the one you trust to take you in the best direction for the future? In the months leading up to an election, endless mud-slinging and heated debates between normally docile people center on where our political loyalties lie.
The amount of raw emotion people display either in favor of their candidate or against the much hated opposition always intrigues me. Do we honestly believe that any president whom we make our representative has any real power in the grand scheme of things? Whether America’s Commander in Chief is a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent they will always bear one common trait: utter weakness. Please understand, this characterization is not a personal slam toward any particular president in our history, but rather at the position of the presidency itself. In the big picture, all of history’s rulers (presidents, kings, emperors…) have been completely weak and insufficient to place our trust in as leaders. This is because none of them have ever really been “in charge” of anything:
“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding.” (Daniel 2:21)
Think about all the kings in history God allowed to be established. Most all of them were wicked, sinful men who never legislated with God’s morals in mind. God allowed Pharaoh, Saul, Jeroboam, Manasseh, Nero, Domitian, Napoleon, and Hitler all to rule for a time, and yet every one of them was temporary and pathetic in the grander picture; and each one of their rules came crashing down. Does it make any sense to place so much allegiance in a presidential candidate, or bemoan the election of a rival candidate who is only in office because God allows them to be?
“Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? Indeed it is Your due! For among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You.” (Jeremiah 10:7)
There is another election process that never receives any media attention. Much like our presidential race, there are only two candidates who stand a chance at winning. In this election not only does every vote count, but the entire election is determined by the vote of one person. This election decides who will be the President, the Commander in Chief, the Lord, the King, the Master of your heart. The ballot is not cast on a piece of paper, but with your voice and your actions. The voting process is called the “good confession.” Timothy made this good confession in front of many witnesses when he became a Christian (1 Tim. 6:12).
Was the good confession:
The so-called “sinners prayer?”
A statement of “accepting Jesus as his personal Savior?”
A mere intellectual conviction that Jesus is the Son of God?
Actually none of these three options are what God calls the “good confession.” The Bible explicitly tells us that when someone confesses Jesus they are saying Jesus is He “who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,” of their individual life (1 Timothy 6:15). This confession is not about what Jesus can do for the person; it has everything to do with what the person is promising to do for Jesus. To “confess Jesus” is to cast your vote to make Him the supreme, eternal, non-negotiable President of every aspect of your life.
This is a confession, a vote that every person makes in order to become a Christian. Combined with believing Jesus really is God in the flesh who came to be the perfect sacrifice, turning from past sins and being baptized for their forgiveness, confession marks the beginning of a new life with Jesus as their one and only King.
However just like our presidency, this election process is not a one-time-only event. Every morning when we wake up we have to decide if we’re going to elect Jesus or ourselves to rule our life. Every time we’re tempted to sin we have to decide to confess Jesus or ourselves as lord. The polls are always open, and we get to cast our vote every single day. However unlike our presidency, Jesus possesses true unconquerable, eternal authority over every man and woman in history (Mat. 28:18). The confession of Jesus is the only election which will impact the eternal state of our soul. Cast your vote often…cast your vote wisely!