First, we thank God that this acrimonious campaign is over. Both candidates were deplorable in one way or another. Neither were what we hoped and longed for when this ugly and gut-wrenching process began. But because I belong to Christ, I know there is reason for hope.
Next, we thank God. There is a lesson to be learned. God sent us a Savior for our deepest needs, not a politician. No politician can satisfy us or save our nation or the world. The joy of a victory doesn’t necessarily mean everything will be fixed that is very wrong with our nation, especially since we’re deeply divided.
Jesus is the center of all existence, the Creator, the Author, and the Redeemer. Saving us and advancing His message of love, hope, and redemption are His primary concerns.
He will even orchestrate our decisions, votes, and blunders to accomplish His goals of salvation and mercy. His Sovereignty propels His mission to bring more believers into God’s family, to do whatever is necessary to grow each of us, and to one day return to set up His kingdom on earth. He has an agenda, and it is good.
God is patient, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to the knowledge of the truth. He will do whatever it takes, wait as long as necessary, and work together whatever circumstances are needed to bring this about. That’s what this is all about. Remember that.
Third, we do not despair. God’s will cannot be thwarted. Our new president elect will be used by God to accomplish His purposes, regardless of what we think of him. God works His will on the earth. Maybe He needed to provide us with this kind of president simply so we recall that God’s kingdom is not political, but spiritual. His kingdom is not of this world. How could any merely human candidate not cause us to be disillusioned?
Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said this during the campaign: “The life issue can not flourish in a culture of misogyny and sexual degradation. The life issue can not flourish when you have people calling for the torture and murder of innocent non-combatants. The life issue can not flourish when you have people who have given up on the idea that character matters.”
Our politicians cannot save us or fix our social ills, so let’s roll up our sleeves and show the love of Christ in our actions and with our words. This was definitely neglected during this vitriolic and divisive election cycle. We are Christ’s ambassadors first and foremost, not primarily the members of a political party.
As believers, we must act to bring reconciliation. Let’s be loving and kind. Let’s welcome hurting people to meet our living and loving Savior. Let’s apologize to any we’ve wounded during this election process. Let’s turn to the Lord. Let’s repent. Let’s walk in Jesus’ footsteps. Let’s offer the gospel, which is the only way to lasting peace.
No politician has the power to save us, but Jesus does, and He has already given us our marching orders.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:31-40 NIV).
Jesus also affirmed this personal moral imperative: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself‘” (Luke 10:27 NIV).
This is what is important to Jesus. These are His words. He has given us as individuals plenty to do to transform our nation. Let us begin here. Politicians cannot transform our nation, regardless of their rhetoric, but we can. These are our personal responsibilities.
Let change begin with us.