It is easy to believe that once elections are over the work of the American citizen is over. That false belief should have no room in the life of a believer.
- Teddy James
Today is an important day. It’s the day after the 2016 presidential election. It marks the end of political ads and the “choose between the lesser of two evil” memes. But the election talk continues after a surprising win by Donald Trump. CNN is calling it the “ultimate victory for a campaign that shattered political convention.” While conservatives are breathing a sigh of relief that Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be occupying the Oval Office, there are still realities that those who bear the name of Christ are to keep in mind.
God knew all along
Yes it is important to vote; we are not shy about speaking out on that issue. We believe Christians have a responsibility to give the biblical worldview a seat at the table of government.
But regardless of the outcome of any election – both past and present, God is still and will always be in control. If your candidate did not win the 2016 election, whoever your candidate was of the 1.5 million candidates running for president this election cycle, this is not a time for you to fret over the future. Has Christ not said, “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?” (Matthew 6:26).
In context, Jesus is speaking of not worrying about our immediate needs. But if we are to have faith in God for our immediate needs, how much more we should place our faith in Him for our future needs.
Last night’s election results did not catch God by surprise causing Him to strategize in an effort to make His plans come about. He knew who would win before anyone even pledged to run. Not only did He know who would win, He also knows how His name will be glorified in the outcome.
Our responsibility is not over
It is easy to believe that once elections are over the work of the American citizen is over. That false belief should have no room in the life of a believer. Look at the Jewish people in their Babylonian captivity. They were told:
Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease (Jeremiah 29:5-6).
Jeremiah was instructed by God to tell the people to get comfortable and prepare to live out their lives in a place that was not their home. But notice God’s next command in verse 7, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
This land is not our home, but it should be better for having Christians in it. America may not be the utopia we want. Let me rephrase that; America will never be the utopia we want. As believers, our home is waiting for us in eternity. But while we are sojourning in this land, let us serve it and leave our mark, not so we can earn status and respect of man but so we may glorify the name of God who placed us in this land at this time.
May we glorify Him
What does this look like? It looks exactly like Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
We have God-given responsibilities here. God has prepared works for us before we even knew about them. Part of that may mean being politically active and holding our elected representatives accountable, regardless whether or not we voted for them.
For me personally, I will come alongside Trump and Pence and continue fighting against every advance of abortion, something they have boldly claimed they too will do. Clinton said she planned to combat human trafficking. Although she was not elected, I will continue to be active fighting against that evil in any way possible.
My point: Be responsible and get to work doing your part – our part. Pray for our country and her newly elected leaders, and live as though this is not our home. Yes, we have responsibilities here, but they are not our ultimate responsibilities. Our ultimate responsibilities are to God. We are not in control. But take heart that we know the One who is. He does a much better job of running the world than we could anyway.