Well, the election is finally over. After long months of enduring what can be only described as the most uncivil of all campaigns, our nation has selected a new president. No doubt some will be pleased with the outcome while others will not. After all, the presidential candidates for the two major parties have the highest unfavorable rating ever. It seems fewer and fewer people vote “for” a candidate nearly as much as they vote “against” the other candidate. Our country is divided and many are worried, stressed, and anxious about the future of our country.
It cannot be denied (though I know some will) that our country has lost its moral compass. Our country tolerates the killing of innocent babies (yes, the unborn baby is a person), recognizes same sex marriages (yes, homosexuality is still an abomination to God – Romans 1:24-32) our religious freedoms are slowly being taken away and many would seemingly love to eliminate God from our society. So how should we respond on the morning of November 9th?
First, we need to remember that God is still sovereign. God still has supreme power and authority. No matter who is in Washington, God is still in Heaven. No matter who is sitting at the desk in the Oval Office, God is still sitting on His throne. It is God who removes kings and raises kings (Daniel 2:21). Nothing happens without God allowing it to happen.
Second, we need to remember that our true citizenship is in heaven. We are merely pilgrims, or sojourners, on earth for a short time while on our way to our eternal destiny. “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” (I Peter 2:11). I am thankful for the blessings I enjoy as a citizen of the United States (yes, I am thankful to be a legal citizen). But I am far more thankful to be a citizen of the heavenly kingdom. “For our conversation (citizenship – NKJV) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 3:20). I am thankful for the men (and women) who have fought in battle to give us our freedom. I am thankful for those who have shed their blood on the battle field. I am far more thankful for my Savior who shed His blood on the cross. “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” (Colossians 1:14). “18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” (I Peter 1:18-19).
Third, we need to stay focused on our mission. We need to have the attitude of Christ, who at a young age understood, “I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). The mission of the church is not to build buildings, provide entertainment for its youth, nor amass great amounts of money in its treasury. The mission of the church is not to help put the right man (or woman) in the White House. The mission of the church is to spread the gospel to as many souls as possible. “19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).The mission of the church is the same as Christ’s mission while on earth – to seek and save the lost. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).
Fourth, we need to treat our country’s leaders as God expects us to treat them. We need to submit to their authority. “1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake” (Romans 13:1-5). “13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:” (I Peter 2:13-15). We need to honor and respect our country’s leaders. “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king” (I Peter 2:17).
When the sun has set on November 9th and nighttime comes, you can put your head on the pillow and sleep in peace, knowing that God is still in control!