THE ELECTION IS OVER, NOW WHAT?
The ballots have been cast. The votes have been counted. The election is over. Donald J. Trump is the next president of the United States. As a means of full disclosure, I did not vote for Trump nor did I vote for Hillary Clinton. So needless to say my guy didn’t win. But as I ponder the choice of the American people and I think about the future of our nation; I must do so Biblically and under the influence of the Holy Spirit. So I have decided to address four things that I believe are important for us to remember as we think about the political situation in our country.
It is clear from Scripture that God is in control of setting up the political rulers and leaders of a nation. Daniel 2:21, tells us that God removes kings and sets up kings. I believe this is a universal truth throughout the whole earth which includes this presidential election. This causes me to conclude that Donald Trump has been appointed by God to be our next President.
The question of why God has given us Trump is another matter entirely and honestly one that I do not believe we can know for sure. There are many pastors whom I trust, that believe that the choice between Trump and Clinton was a judgment of God upon our nation for rejecting to worship him as Lord. Other pastors that I respect believe that Trump winning was a blessing from God to help turn our nation around.
The truth is we are not privy to why God has decreed the things that he has. Whether judgment or blessing, God has set Donald Trump as the President of the United States and that should bring great comfort to Christians; I know that it does to me.
Whether the person is a godly ruler or a wicked ruler I am commanded by God to pray for them. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 the Apostle Paul urges that supplications, prayers, and intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet, godly and dignified life in every way.
One of my responsibilities as a Christian living under the earthly governmental authorities is to lift them up in prayer, to pray for their salvation and that they would follow after God. This is certainly something I have been doing for President Obama over the last eight years and I now should turn my attention to praying for President elect Donald Trump as should you.
In the Old Testament God is bringing a series of woes, through the prophet Isaiah against Israel over the sin that they have been committing. In Isaiah 5:20 God says Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. God demands that his people align their views and values up with his. We as Christians are supposed to stand for what is right and good and stand against those things which are wrong and evil.
We do this first and foremost through the preaching of the Gospel, which is desperately needed in our country. It is also done by standing for the fruit of the gospel, such as the sanctity of life, Biblical marriage, racial equality, and taking care of the downtrodden and poor.
People have a tendency of defending their man no matter what and ripping the other guy no matter what, this seems to be par for the course in politics. But it should not be the heart or attitude of a Christian. Whether you voted for him or not, as Donald Trump becomes President Trump, you are called by God to speak truth as to the choices and policies promoted.
If President Trump makes right decisions you should call them right and support them, if he makes wrong decisions you should call them wrong and stand against them. In other words call good good and evil evil, no matter what.
Jesus boiled down obedience to two great commandments in Matthew 22:37-39, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The first commandment gives way to the second; if you love God, you will love your neighbor. And this command is not suspended during an election year.
It is very easy during an election year to become bitter and angry at those who do not see the political landscape the same way you do. It is easy to attack and lack mercy and grace to those with whom we disagree, but we are called to love our neighbor. This does not mean simply the neighbor who is easy to get along with, but the one that is hard to get along with as well. Remember that the one you may disagree with is created in God’s image and is worthy of honor and respect.
There are many who are upset and feel marginalized by the outcome of this election; they did not want Trump as their president, and we should be understanding and patient with their disappointment and frustration. There are many others who are excited about the outcome; they wanted Trump as their president, and we should not harbor bitterness and resentment toward those who are excited and relieved.
Loving our neighbor as we love our self is such a simple concept but is it difficult to live out. We struggle because we want to only think of ourselves, but as Christians we have been called to die to self and put others first. So pray for me as I pray for you, that we can obey the command of Jesus, and therefore reveal that we love God.
I am so thankful that Jesus is control of America and does not need the government to be on his side because it is already upon his shoulders. This truth gives me peace and allows me to pray for my government officials, hold them accountable to lead Biblically, and love my fellow Americans who may not see everything like I do. I pray that you would join me in these four things as answers to the question, “The election is over, now what?”