The post is a little longer than normal today.
So yesterday was the election and today we know that President Obama will continue to be our president for the next four years. This result disappointed over 57 million people. If my Facebook feed is an accurate judge of how those 57 million people feel, then it’s safe to conclude that most of those people are discouraged, disillusioned, defeated, disheartened and even distraught. Many are predicting the end of our nation and our freedoms.
I stayed up to watch the returns until most of the news agencies had called the election for the President. I read a few of the posts on Facebook after the election was called and saw the anger and fear that many people seemed to have over the results. As I laid down in my bed I thought about the election and the comments and the thought ran through my mind, “What Now?” For so many people, Christians included, the only hope for America was in stopping the President from getting four more years to lead our country. That had failed and now the question is what do we do now?
I’m not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, so I won’t pretend to know what the future holds for our country. But I do know that God’s Word is true and regardless of who leads our great nation, believers are to faithfully and confidently live it’s principles out in the world around us. This is true regardless of how you voted. So, what now?
Be secure in God’s sovereignty. I blogged about this yesterday so I won’t spend a lot of time on it today. The Bible is clear that God is in control. He’s not in heaven fretting over who won the election and what will happen to our nation. He knows full well what will happen and in the end, His will is what will prevail.
“And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” Daniel 4:32 (NKJV)
Focus on the Gospel. If you were to go and read Acts 19, you would see the account of Paul planting the church in Ephesus. Ephesus was a place filled with idolatry and witchcraft. Paul went to Ephesus and preached the message about Jesus Christ. The result of this was that people that were once demonically influenced through witchcraft were saved by Jesus.
So many people were saved that it affected the profits of the idol makers. Idol making was big business and had probably made most of these men very rich. That was before the Paul came to Ephesus. Paul told people about Jesus and organized a church. The Christians of that church preached Jesus and Jesus worked so powerfully in their community that the idol makers were afraid they might go out of business. They were also afraid that their pagan temple would be neglected.
What stands out to me as I look at this passage is that this change didn’t through any sort of political means. At this point, Christianity was seen by many as a new sect of Judaism, so they had no political influence whatsoever. They didn’t do this through protests or politics. Jesus worked so powerfully through their lives and preaching in the world around them that those who profited from human slavery to sin became nervous about the change that was taking place in their community. Jesus did this through His Church as they focused on proclaiming His Gospel.
Politics cannot bring the change that is needed in our nation. Only Jesus can do this and He does this through His Church as they focus on proclaiming His Gospel.
Remember that you are a Christian first. One of the most disheartening things for me about politics is the way people treat one another because of politics. Republicans often make horrible statements about Democrats and Democrats return the favor. I suppose this is fine for unbelievers, but as Christians we are called to a higher standard.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) How much of the fruit of the Spirit deals with the way we treat others? Does the way we act toward those who are of a different political party reflect the fruit of the Spirit?
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 (NKJV) Does the way we act toward those who are of a different political party let our light so shine that people glorify God?
Read Matthew 5:43-48 and Luke 6:27-36. While I would quickly state that Democrats and Republicans shouldn’t view one another as enemies, my Facebook feed leads me to think that this view is in the minority report. Still, even if Republicans and Democrats are enemies, how does Jesus say we should treat one another? Does the way we act toward those who are of a different political party reflect the teachings of Jesus?
Focus on Jesus as your hope. As we look at the sound defeat of Mitt Romney last night, let’s not think that there is no hope or that Jesus lost last night. Jesus doesn’t lose. In the end, Jesus wins.
Read Psalm 2 and notice that Jesus still reigns despite man’s rebellion. Read Revelation 19:11-16 and see that in the end Jesus is victorious.
A loss for the GOP is not a loss for Jesus or the Church. A win for the GOP is not a win for Jesus or the Church. A loss for the DNC is not a loss for Jesus or the Church. A win for the DNC is not a win for Jesus or the Church. Jesus is much bigger, greater and far better than any political party. That is why our hope in Jesus and not any particular political party.
Pray for revival. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen some variation of “American needs a revival.” No, American doesn’t need a revival. The Church needs a revival. Revival is not for the lost but for the Church.
“Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6 (NKJV) The word “revive” means “To recover life or vigor; to be reanimated after depression” this gives the idea of something that had life for vigor and that life or vigor has waned, then something comes along and reenergizes, reinvigorates, or restores that which was lost. Revival is and always has been for the people of God.
When we pray for revival, we pray not for the nation to be revived but for the Church. When the Church is revived, the nation will be changed. But revival must always begin with the people of God, the Church.
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)