Now that the next president of the United States has been decided, it is time to forget about what we think should have happened and focus on how we are going to deal with that did happen. Here are some implications that the election results bring about….
1) Do you put your faith in God, his will and his soverneigty or do you put your faith(or lack thereof) in a man or group of people that “run” our country? In other words, if you believe God is all-powerful, all-knowing and in complete control, then you must admit that he did not merely allow this to happen but he willed it to happen.
2 Chronicles 20:6
…and said, “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
This is not to say that God approves of all the policies of the new administration just as he did not approve of the policies of Pharaoh, the Roman Empire, Hitler, any United States president during slavery, or even George W Bush. However, the Bible tells us that God is not merely reacting to what happens in the universe but that “by him all things were created”, including “rulers” and “authorities”. So the question is, do your actions, thoughts, comments and beliefs indicate that you trust in a sovereign God that is completely in control? Or do they indicate that because 51% of our population voted for a certain man that God is powerless?
2) Do we believe that it is the gospel of Jesus Christ that really redeems people and changes lives? Or we we believe that man-written laws and government enforced legislation change the status of a fallen world?
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard
While it may be our wise for us to do our part and cast a vote to prevent or limit abortions, will the reversal of Roe v. Wade really save people from their separation from God? Will it save them from their sins? Or will only the good news of Jesus Christ and the grace and salvation he brings do that?
And yes, government mandated “sharing the wealth” might not be the best economic policy. But if the gospel does not take root in people’s hearts then it doesn’t matter how low their taxes are because the only thing they are going to do with the extra money is buy another TV, a bigger house, a nicer car or some other thing that acts as their functional savior.
Or do we think that by preventing people living a homosexual lifestyle from legally getting married will somehow bring them closer to God? Are we claiming that if homosexuality was outlawed it would deter people from partaking in it? If it were that easy, why did we need to move past the ten commandments?
3) Times may get hard. Or they may not. This nation may suffer. Or it may not. Either way, should we worry over such small, earthly matters? Whether or not we have to give 20% or 30% to the government, whether or not we have national health care, even whether or not our nation may be vulnerable to attack. Is our faith so small that we become anxious over these matters? Or do we put our faith in our loving Father?
Matthew 6: 25-34
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26( Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
If God cares for relatively meaningless birds and flowers, I think we can sleep at night knowing he will watch over us, no matter who our president may be.
4) In closing, I encourage you all to continuely view this world with your gospel lenses on. Remember that God is the maker and controller of the universe and all that goes on within it. Remember that Jesus died for us because earthly laws, actions, rulers, and governments were insufficient. Remember that through Christ’s gospel the Holy Spirit is the only thing that causes eternal change and salvation, not republican or demoractic agendas.
And remember, that at a time where our nation’s future may look the bleakest, it is not the time to run and hide in our little christian closets, or threaten to move to another country, or condemn the rest of the nation. But rather, this is the time to let the glory of Jesus shine the brightest. What better time then now to be a light on a hill for the gospel? God’s mercy, grace and love should be displayed and preached louder and more passionately then ever before. If you are a sinner who has received grace and mercy through the death and resurrection of Jesus, how dare you keep that gift from your brothers and sisters at a time when you think they need it the most.
God Bless America!