Today is election day in the UK. People are voting on who will represent them in the European Parliament. As a result, over the past few weeks our doorsteps and newspapers have been filled with information and advertisements from the various parties. Although I will not be voting, as I am not British, I was extremely touched by a flyer one party put through my door.
This party used its flyer to speak to me about their policies and concerns. They didn’t use their flyer to gossip to me about the other parties. As a result, they showed me great respect and inspired this blog. Because that party’s candidate is unlikely to win.
My heart goes out to all the candidates that do actually care and show respect to their constituents, especially those who will not win. This blog is dedicated to them.
If you don’t get elected, don’t let failure get you down.
Jesus was the most successful, failed election, non-campaign candidate in known history.
Non-Campaign because Jesus was not running for office. He wasn’t out to get rid of the Romans as people had hoped. He didn’t go around speaking against Pilate and how the Romans had invaded their land and bringing their culture into theirs. He did have conversations with the other “religious parties” called the Sadducees and the Pharisees, but Jesus wasn’t running a campaign to oust them and take control of the Temple. At least not in the way, politically-minded people tend to do those sorts of things. Jesus didn’t want the power of taking over the Temple politics, carrying out negotiations with the Roman government, sorting out Temple monies, etc. His non-campaign was for something much more serious than that. He cared about the people. The marginalised. The demonised. The voiceless, blind, and frail. The poor. The rich (see story of the rich man). The children. The prostitutes. The beggars. The immigrants. The tax collectors. The scribes. The Pharisees. The Sadducees. His friends. His disciples. Even his enemies. Even those who would nail his body to a cross, laughing as they did so.
Failed election because Jesus lost the vote. All four of the gospels report that the crowds were allowed to choose who would be their man and be set free to walk among them. Jesus was not chosen to serve. He was chosen by the people to die. The other “religious parties” were happy with their win. They could maintain power and keep things going as they saw fit, continuing their bickering with each other.
With all of that, you might be wondering how Jesus was the “most successful?” Jesus wasn’t running for office, lost the election and was killed after all!
Most successful because two thousand years later – no one knows the names of the other “candidates” but we know the name of Jesus. We know His name, because of how He ran His non-campaign. He was unlike any other in how he treated people. He loved them. He respected them. He empowered them. He healed them. He educated them. He journeyed with them. He was one of them.
(And He was the Son of God, which, yea, I’ll admit, probably didn’t hurt his chances in being remembered…)
But people responded to that love, even after His death and resurrection. Formed communities around the remembrance of that love and the living of that love out. So much so that two thousand years later, people are still responding to that love.
So if you are a candidate, and you don’t win, ask yourself – do you love and respect people? Have you campaigned in a way that reflects that? Then you aren’t a loser. Keep loving and respecting, and you may become a successful failed election candidate.
And if you are a voter, in whatever country, when you consider who to vote for, from whatever party, ask yourself some key questions:
- Does this person respect me the voter?
- Does this person respect others who also live in my area or country?
- How is this person running his/her campaign? Is it honestly?
Whoever wins today, my prayer is that the people of the UK are blessed by the elections results.