The Forever Election

The latest election seems to be dragging on forever. First, the campaign season was unendurable. I was so elated when election night rolled around and the last poll was closed. It meant everything would be tallied, and all the pontificating, speculation, and campaign punditry could come to an end. Silly me for thinking such a thing.

Here we are, nine days after Election Day, and we’re still counting ballots—again and again. It’s agonizing to say the least. While getting it right is a good thing, dragging the country through unnecessary anguish is unspeakable. We’ve been doing this for hundreds of years. You’d think we’d have it down to a science by now.

I had the privilege of working as an election officer in my state. At the precinct in which I served, the polls closed at 7pm. By eight or 8:30pm, we had the votes tabulated, the voting setup packed away, and the results safely recorded and sent off to the Department of Elections. It was a bit stressful at the end but certainly not rocket science.

Throughout the day, we checked the optical voting tabulator to make sure the number of ballots cast equaled the number of people who showed up to vote. The process left little or no room for error. By the end of the night, we knew the exact number of votes cast for each candidate and every ballot initiative.

Every Ballot Counted

I understand that our county is not as populated as some of the others across the country. I also understand that stuff happens. Still, nine days (and counting) is ridiculous. Recounts are sometimes necessary, but come on!

All this election business puts me in mind of the only balloting that is really valid. Scripture calls God’s people “the Elect.” We are called and elected by God, and the results are in. There’s only one vote. It belongs to the Lord. It’s been cast, tabulated, and secured with the only election official that counts. We win.

And though our earthly elections sometimes seem to go on forever, the real forever election is the one held by God. When God elects you, it’s forever. You develop your position among the elect, and (as the Apostle Peter says) begin participating “in the divine nature.” He goes on to say that we should “make every effort to confirm [our] calling and election” (2 Peter 13-1). In other words, follow Jesus as closely as you can, deepening your discipleship to Him.

Following Directions

As with the current situation with our earthly,midterm election, we are prone to screw things up. We don’t always followdirections well. We sometimes go about matters in an unseemly way. We oftenthink we know best and flagrantly dismiss the pathway God has chosen for us. Inshort, we refuse to participate in the divine nature.

Fortunately for us, there is no recount in the Kingdom of God. You are chosen, elected, and sealed. The election is over, and it’s time to get on with our Father’s business.

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently residesin Aldie, VA.]

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