Twenty-four hours from now, the recall elections in Wisconsin will be history.  The people of this state will have decided on our future as Wisconsinites.  In my fifty-eight years on this earth, I have never seen an election so passionate on both sides.  And truly, what we decide as voters today will have a huge impact, not only on Wisconsin, but on the nation.

And as important as this election is, with its clear choices on the economy, abortion and homosexual marriage, how we respond as Christians will be the most important story of this time in history.  Will bitterness and animosity rule our hearts if our candidate does not win?  Or will we move forward as the Body of Christ, setting aside our political differences and focusing on our walk, individually and corporately with Jesus Christ?

I heard an inspiration leader give a message many years ago; he had gone through frequent tragedies in his life, losing his wife, a daughter and becoming permanently disabled due to a tragic accident.  As he spoke and shared the story of his life, his final message was this:  “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it.”

English: Great Seal of the state of WisconsinI hope every Christian in this state and around the nation take that to heart as we go through crucial elections in this nation in 2012.  Whether Scott Walker or Tom Barrett wins the governor’s race—or Barack Obama or Mitt Romney win the presidential contest, our jobs as Christians do not change:  We are still called to love God more than anything, live a life holy and pleasing to God, and carry out the Great Commission.

One day, maybe in our lifetimes, the world will come to the brink of chaos.  All people hold dear—the economy and our security—will be stripped from us.  The lawless one will appear and will lead many astray.  Many who call themselves Christians will fall for his deception, proving they never really belonged to God.  How we as Christians react to the elections of 2012 will be a testing of our hearts—will we put our faith in men?  Or will we trust in God alone?

At the conclusion of the Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, summed it up this way:  “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil”

Vote today.  Vote in November.  Let the law and desires of God guide you as you vote, rather than our selfish desires.  But regardless of the outcome, wake up after the elections with a new passion to love God, love one another, and live a life of holiness.  Because in the end, that is all that really matters.