As I write this, the next president of the United States has yet to be determined. Recounts are underway.
Whatever the election results, how should we respond? How do we move forward as Christians?
* Reject “#NotMyPresident”. If the results of the election are disappointing or disastrous to you, please don’t say or post that the president-elect is not your president. Among all kinds of reasons, it’s chiefly because it’s unbiblical. If it’s hard to honor the president-elect, then honor God by honoring him.
“For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed” (1 Peter 2:13-14a).
* Rejoice daily. For better or worse, over the next four years the president of the United States will be your president all day every day. Don’t ever give it power over your joy.
Wake up every morning and declare: “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24).
“Rejoice! I will say it again, Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).
* Be good. Be a good citizen. As far as it is up to you, be at peace with everyone. Be considerate. Be kind. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When insulted, don’t insult in return. Love your enemies. Pay your taxes. Pay off your loans. Respect the authorities. Obey the law.
“Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor” (Romans 13:5-7)
* Do good. Serve your church. Help out your neighbors. Meet needs in your community. Value others above yourselves. Look out for the interests of others not just your own. Love the unloved, unlovable, and unlovely. Minister to the least, last, lost, and lonely.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
“When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).
* Be Honorable. Be careful with your words about the candidates. Especially around your kids. Especially around your brothers and sisters in Christ. And especially if your candidate lost. Resist slandering or demeaning the elected president. If you find it hard to respect him, respect the office. Respect God by respecting him.
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone” (Titus 3:1-2).
* Be Prepared. Obey God by obeying your leader and elected officials. However, be prepared to disobey your leader if it disobeys God. Civil disobedience is tricky ground. We need discernment. It should be a last resort. Still, stay prepared and alert. At the least, be prepared to voice dissent, but do so without attacking the leader.
“Then Peter and the apostles answered [the religious authorities] and said, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29).
* Trust God. God is sovereign. In the end, after all the recounts are done, it is God who has determined the next president of the United States. Only God holds the [cosmic] reasons why. God’s purposes are sure and cannot be thwarted. To Him be all glory. Trust Him.
Our God is in heaven and does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3).
The secret things belong to the Lord… (Deuterononmy 29:29).
* Worship God. Attend Church (online or otherwise). Lift your hands. Sing loud. Serve a ministry. Tithe. Read your Bible. Pray. Journal. Go to a Bible study. Join a prayer group. Prayer-walk in nature or through your neighborhood. Live a life of worship.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'” (Matthew 22:37).
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).
* Pray hard. Pray for the president, the vice-president, and all those in power over our country. Pray, and fast, fervently that God channel the president’s heart for justice, righteousness, freedom, and life.
“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).
* Live your life. Love your spouse. Raise your kids. Do your job. Walk your dog. Mow your lawn. Shovel your driveway. Sweep the garage. Replace the lightbulbs. Empty the dishwasher. You get it….
“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
* Enjoy your life. Put your phone away. Avoid social media. Cook with friends. Play board games with family. Start a hobby. Take a nap. Watch a movie. Read a good book. Savor a good drink. Take two helpings of pie. Go to the coffeeshop with a bestie. Take Sabbath.
“So I commended enjoyment because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat, drink, and enjoy himself, for this will accompany him in his labor during the days of his life that God gives him under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 8:15).
I hope this was helpful!
Which of these was most helpful? What else would you include in the list? Share in the comments section.
* Post updated on 11/7/2020