It’s Monday afternoon, almost a week after election Tuesday. I have gone back and forth on writing this. I don’t want to just add to the noise. But I also have dear friends who seem awkward at times because I was vocal about who I would vote for.
“Sorry, my candidate won, how are you doing?”
That’s a comment I heard just this morning. It is almost as if she expects me to be depressed. I was able to defuse the moment by saying, “Oh, I’m fine. He’s going to be my president. I’m happy to see how God works through this.” That put a smile on her face and fellowship as we considered what might happen next.
What are my options?
It seems that I could take this one of several ways: 1) protest and try to convince the electoral college to cast a no faith ballot; 2) claim he’s not my president and ridicule him from here on out; or 3) set my mind on things above and walk in fellowship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I’m going with #3 which leads to Respect, Trust, and Submission to my president.
Scripture is clear that God works through circumstances in life. Early European Christians called it providence. God raises up kings, including none more wicked or evil than Pharaoh (Exodus 9:16). God then uses their decisions to do His purposes (Exodus 14:4). God tells us to pray for our leaders (1 Tim 2:1-5). God tells us to submit to our leaders (Romans 13:1-2). And God tells us to respect our leaders (1 Peter 2:17). [On a side note, He doesn’t tell us to only respect those who earn it.]
Final thoughts and prayers for the future.
Many friends told me that my “no” vote for Trump was a “yes” vote for Hilary. Apparently, that was not true. I pray that the low number of votes, the tremendous divide in our country and the clear voice of reason will lead our country to correct the issues of a two party system. I would be content with the two parties if one of them lead with moral integrity, Godly ethics, and Biblical values. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. But my Lord is still Lord, He is not stopped from accomplishing His will and I will honor, respect and serve my country until my true citizenship is revealed for what it truly is!
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”