On Wednesday morning America woke to perhaps the greatest upset in political history. Today, we have a deeply divided country that is venting and attacking one another on social media. Honestly I am heart broken by what I see online, especially by those who claim the name of Jesus. It seems silly to me that I even need to write this post. But in light of how Jesus followers are responding, I am compelled to give a brief election reflection that I pray will give us some perspective.
The morning after the election I sat my 3 amazing kids down before school [ages 12, 9, and 6]. I saw this as a critical moment to teach them how followers of Jesus are to respond.
Here’s what I said:
If you do not have anything good to say…
Today at school your friends are going to be saying all kinds of things about the election. Do not get caught up in it. Do not get pulled down to speaking negatively, making fun or saying mean things.
Remember if you have nothing good to say, then say nothing at all.
It is not about whether you agree or disagree, it is about honoring others with our words. We need to bite our tongue instead of using biting words. Social media is not the place to vent, emote or attack.
Before you post take a deep breath, pray and ask: will this be helpful or harmful?
We are called to pray for our political leaders.
Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Funny side note: At this point my youngest raised his hand and ask, “How can we pray for people if were dead?” He thought persecuted meant that you were killed. So we clarified what it meant to be persecuted.
Now back to the main point, Jesus was absolutely clear:
We are to love those we consider an enemy and pray for those who are mistreating us.
The Apostle Paul commands us to pray for our political leaders. At that time he’s writing the church was under Roman oppression and persecution. And he is saying, pray for the leaders who are oppressing you. And so no matter how you feel about Mr. Trump, even if you would consider him an enemy, we are called to pray for him. I am praying that he has a life-changing encounter with Jesus. I’m praying that God gives him wisdom and discernment.
Even though our political leaders change; God never changes.
The good news is that God is still in control.
He is not surprised. He is not caught off guard. Nothing can thwart His plan. Though our president is changing and there is uncertainty in our nation, the true King is still enthroned and reigning. That morning I opened my Bible to Hebrews chapter 13 verse 8 where it says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Followers of Jesus should not be bent out of shape or freaking out.
Our hope is not in a government, a president or a political system.
Our hope is in Jesus.
And so yes our country is changing but God has not changed. We can face the future with confidence because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
We have an unshakable hope because we have an unchanging sovereign God.
It was now just about time for my kids to head off to school. But before they did, I ask each of them to pray for Mr. Trump and our country. We went around with each one of them praying starting with the youngest and then I closed out our time. How precious it was to hear my kids pray for our country and praying for Mr. Trump’s salvation.
My dear friends this is how we are called to respond in light of the recent election.