“Lament is what my heart feels when I see people place their faith in worldly leaders.”

November third is fast approaching and yet it can’t come fast enough for me.  Whatever the outcome of our election, I want this season of anticipation to be over.  Political conversations, television news, and social media platforms are dominated by divisive attacks fueled by heated emotions.  As a citizen, I fulfill my civic duties by reading articles and voter guides, listening to news delivered by networks promoting both party agendas, and engaging in complex conversations about policies and politicians in order to inform my voting.  As a Christian, I fulfill my spiritual duties by relying on scripture to guide my positions, voting for propositions and politicians which most closely align with those positions and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me and grow me in obedience, love and humility. 

My prayer is that I will obediently vote according to God’s Word and not what’s popular or politically correct.  My prayer is that I will love others the way God loves them so I can continue to engage people regardless of our differences, grow in understanding of their views and have the courage to lovingly point them to biblical truths even when it is uncomfortable.  My prayer is that God would grant me humility to leave space to be wrong and be open to correction.  My prayer is that before turning elsewhere, I bring my lament to a God who hears and knows me best. 

Lament is what my heart feels when I see people place their faith in worldly leaders.  I am reminded of the way the Israelites demanded a king like the nations around them and how in 1 Samuel 8:7 God says to Samuel, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.”  

As Christians, our king is Christ.  While we may feel passionately about politics and recognize the need for government to maintain order, and protect and provide for its citizens, it should never displace Jesus Christ for “t is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes” (Psalm 118:9).  Yet still, I lament that I don’t have the opportunity to vote with unadulterated excitement and joy for something or someone that brings me hope but rather am always having to settle for making a comparative judgment based on the options that I am presented with.  

I lament the division that politics creates in society, families, and in the church.  When I vote, I do so with deep, deep lament.  I lament our broken world.  I lament our dysfunctional political system of government.  I lament our humanly flawed politicians.  I do not endorse candidates.  I cannot celebrate nor promote them because my conscience won’t allow me to.  Instead, with a heavy heart, I cast my vote and pray.  I pray for God’s will.  I pray for acceptance of whatever the outcome may be.  I pray that our ONE TRUE KING will come again and make all things right. 

Carolina Barba-Ortiz

Carolina is a member of Cornerstone and serves the church as a servant minister.

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