The Day After Any Election
Categories: Pastor Tim's Blog
“Some trust in chariots, some trust in horses,
we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
I want to encourage you as we process our thoughts on the result of yesterday’s election, regardless of which candidate you hoped would win.
It’s a good day to be a Christian
God’s word makes is clear that “Our God is in the heavens, He does as He pleases” (Ps 115:3) and we can be assured that “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1).
To those who are discouraged, disillusioned, even angry about yesterday’s results, truths like these bring comfort and humility. And to those who are celebrating yesterday’s results, truths like these remind us that it is not in this human government that we ultimately place our hope.
The beauty of a federal republic
The brilliance of our governmental structure is that it is designed to mirror our nation. And so it does—for better or for worse. That’s why elections feel so personal. They are a reflection of us as a nation.
But now, think about the incredible opportunity this presents us as Christ-followers! Whether you cast your ballot as Red or Blue yesterday, we can humbly recognize that it’s not the responsibility of the government to shape the moral values of our nation and our neighbors. It’s ours! It’s mine. And when we the church bring the gospel to bear on our relationships and culture, our government will begin to reflect that as well. What’s the best way to make this happen? Multiply your vote. Be a disciple who makes disciples who makes disciples (Matthew 28:19).
Like our fathers before us, I truly believe this is the best form of government conceived by the minds of men to this day. Why? Because it allows us as Christ-followers to have genuine, biblical, salt-and-light impact where we ought—in our own spheres of influence like our neighborhoods and school and jobs (in other words, the government doesn’t replace our Christian responsibility). It also encourages us to avoid the extremes of fearful isolationism and passive consumerism, while instead being critically and proactively engaged as agents of change within our culture.
Questions to consider
So let me ask… If you are especially excited today, why are you excited? And if you are especially discouraged today, what is the cause for you discouragement? Are you more or less hopeful based on yesterday’s results? And how might that reflect the object of our hope?