Like many of you, I stayed up much later last night than I probably should have awaiting the results of the election. Now that Election Day is over and Donald Trump has been confirmed as the President-Elect of the United States, where do we go from here? How we as Christ-followers respond at a time such as this is of vital importance. Let me suggest some things to keep in mind this post-election day:
- God is in charge, no matter who is in charge. In our small groups, we have been reminded of this truth several times recently as we’ve studied the life of Daniel. Even in a wicked society and under a very difficult leader, Daniel was able to thrive and make a godly impact. God was not asleep last night when the election was called. God is not taken by surprise nor is He wringing His hands in fear this morning. He is Sovereign and He has not given up His seat on the Throne! Psalm 22:28 reminds us, For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
- Our country has serious issues, many of which have been exposed during this long political season. We are divided. We are hurting. We have values that are not in line with Scripture. We need revival! We need God’s blessing.
- The people have spoken; It is our system. Whether you like our new president or not, he went through the political system and won fair and square. It is our task to accept the results and move forward from here.
- God expects us to respect, honor, and pray for our leaders. Now is not the time for bitterness and anger. Now is not the time for hatred or for lashing out. First Timothy 2:1-2 says, First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
- Regardless of whether your candidate won or not, we must treat each other with grace and love. The name-calling and bitterness, from both sides, must stop. We are fellow citizens with one another and for many of us, we are part of the same kingdom—the Kingdom of God. Remember the words of 1 Peter 3:8-9 which says, Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
- The task of Christ-followers is to continue to be salt and light. That must not stop. In fact, in some regards, these tasks are more needed now than ever before. These were the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:13-15 when He told the disciples, You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
- Our greatest hope is not in any politician, regardless of their political affiliation. Instead, our hope is in the Lord. Psalm 118:8-9- It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
One final thought, over the last few weeks, I have personally been encouraged by God’s people praying for their country. I believe that God can do incredible things with a people that are seeking Him. Let’s keep it up and continue asking Him to bless the great land in which we live.