Seven Mile Road, it’s been just over a day since our country has elected a new president into office. Here are four things to consider in light of Tuesday’s election:
1 – Trust in God
Psalm 20:7 – “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Some of us may have heard the news with excitement, some with sorrow, and others with deep uncertainty. But David here reminds us of who we are. That we need not place our trust in chariots and horses. That our hope is not in Donald Trump winning, nor is our despair in Hillary Clinton losing. But that we can confidently “trust in the name of the Lord our God.” We are not, first, republicans, democrats, conservatives, progressives, independents – or even Americans. But we are, first, the church of the resurrected and triumphant Lord Jesus Christ who sits unshaken by the events of Tuesday, and we, fully secure in his good and sovereign rule. Jesus is still King!
2 – Maintain Unity in Christ
Ephesians 4:1-3 – “…walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
This has been a highly polarizing year in many ways not only in our country, but also in the church. But our unity does not come in political affiliations or clever slogans, but in Christ redeeming us by his blood, reconciling us to himself and to one another, and by grafting us into his family as brothers and sisters. And so let us walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called with humility, gentleness, patience, and love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Be slow to speak and quick to listen. Give one another much grace and extend Christian charity to understand one another.
3 – Pray for President-Elect Donald Trump
1 Timothy 2:1-2 – “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…”
Great responsibility and authority awaits Donald Trump as the leader of our country and so we must pray. This is not about our agreement or disagreement with the results of the election or Trump’s policies. Rather, as those whose allegiance is ultimately to Christ and his eternal Kingdom, in humble obedience, we are entrusting this man to God, that he might lead well for the good of our land. And so let us pray. Pray that he might know Christ and so lead with humility and compassion. That he might foster understanding, reconciliation, and unity among us. That he might speak for justice and give voice to the hurting.
4 – Work Towards Cultural Transformation By Making Disciples
Matthew 28:19-20 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Whether you are talking about race, poverty, economics, abortion, or any other area of human life, it is evident that our country is divided. But this division is a result of our brokenness from sin. And sin does not get addressed simply through legislation in Washington. Sin is addressed by people hearing and believing the gospel of Christ. A gospel that is counter to how the world operates and thinks. One that displays humility, love, and sacrifice. Jesus did not come to overthrow the Roman Empire. He walked with people, he spoke truth, he made disciples who watched him live, die, and rise in love for us – and through the witness of the gospel by these disciples, the world was changed. We too have been given this glorious mandate that gives hope to a broken world both in this life and the life to come. And so as we rightly seek to effect change in practical ways through our vote and perhaps even political and social involvement, Christian, Christ has called you and I to transform and redeem the culture around us by making disciples who follow and trust in Jesus above all else. That is how we transform a broken world.
Jesus is King. And thankfully, Jesus is also our Chief Shepherd who leads us by still waters when our hearts are anxious and sorrowful. And so for those of us who are anxious and hurting following the election results, know that Jesus is near to you in this moment. “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” For those of you with kids, if you are wondering what to say to your children in light of Tuesday, perhaps you could walk them through these things and pray with them, while inviting honest conversation with a patient heart. There is much more to consider and to discuss. But as we settle into this new season of American history, may our lasting and ultimate hope be in Christ, our faithful King and Savior.