It has been interesting to watch and witness the response of people as the results of this week’s election have come in. Some people where elated and celebrating, while some people disappointed and deflated. It was interesting to see on Facebook, to hear in line at Starbucks, overhear conversations in restaurants, and even experience as I interacted with people, that this election went deeper; deeper to the point of even shaking some of the foundations of life. As people viewed their voted on propositions, congress-persons, city council members, presidential candidates, political parties and saw them rise or fall, it was interesting to view the rise and fall of their hope and life outlook. Yes, it was that deep! Some were even moved to the point of despair. Others actually struggled with their faith because they had prayed ‘harder than ever’ for the vote to go their way.
Regardless of how you feel about the political outcome let me give three truths to focus on:
First is that God is Sovereign.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (ESV) Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand are power and might, and in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
Wow, let this truth of God soak in a bit. God is great, powerful, glorious, majestic, and all victory is in Him! There is victory in HIM, not a candidate, nor a proposition, nor a political party, or even a nation. He is owner and Supreme Authority over heaven and earth.
Psalm 24:1-2 (ESV) The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
He has never once relinquished His Sovereign rule of the universe nor the people of this earth; not when storms come, or earthquakes, or fires, or evil dictators, or famine, or political unrest, or when we the vote does not turn out the way we hoped or prayed for. We can trust in His Sovereignty and that He knows what is going on and is working His ultimate plan for this world and for us as individuals.
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
See, we need not worry or fret when things don’t go our way. God is still Sovereign. Not Sovereign ‘if,’ or Sovereign ‘but,’ in ultimate ‘hands on’ control…Sovereign – period. He is still Lord of all. So then do you really trust in God? This is where faith is stretched and strengthened.
I read one post that said something like this…”I may not have liked the outcome of the election, but I trust in God over my fear of what may come and will choose to continue to follow the footsteps of my Lord Jesus.”
Next is that we are to seek unity:
John 13:34-35 (ESV) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
If you call yourself a Christian, a follower of Jesus, a disciple of Christ, then we are to live a life of love. That love builds unity.
Colossians 3:14 (ESV) And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
There are good godly people in your home, in your community, in your church that have different opinions than you and may have even voted differently than you, and God calls us to love. That’s not just a tolerance or an appeasement but choice to care, affirm, and be kind to another. Jesus did not suggest this, it’s a command from our Sovereign Lord. Will you? He is still LORD of all.
Lastly is to pray for our governing officials.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV) 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, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
One of the great things that I observed from this election is that many people were praying. That is tremendous and we should now continue to make it part of our regular prayer time…to pray for our president, vice-president, people in congress, and state and local leaders. So will you?
As well to honor those God has placed in these offices. Wait, GOD placed them!?! Yes, read Romans 13…yep, the whole chapter. Go ahead, I’ll wait…no please read it!
1 Peter 2:17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
To honor is to respect, not name call. We have been fed a lot of rhetoric, half-truth, and maybe even false information to get us to vote a certain way. It is difficult to discern with all the political spin that goes on to persuade our vote, and we may have even been swayed to dishonor or discredit another, yet regardless, God has placed them where they are and we are to honor them for their service. Remember He is LORD of all. How will you honor the leaders of this country?
Seeking to keep Jesus as LORD of all with you,