Three Truths to Remember After the Election
By Erik Bennett, November 10, 2016
The days following a presidential election can be challenging for Christians to remain focused on God and His kingdom. When I was a pastor, I knew that following an election, regardless of who won, I would spend time helping people in my congregation understand the results of the election from a God-focused, biblical perspective. Even though I am no longer pastoring a congregation, I feel compelled to direct the American Church to turn to God as we face the days ahead.
Christians in American, whether they voted for Donald Trump or opposed his candidacy, need a dose of biblical perspective to renew our minds and help us focus on truth. Whether celebrating a political victory or agonizing over defeat, Christians need to remember three truths to help us come to grips with the events of this election.
1. Remember God is on the Throne
Scripture teaches us that God’s masterful and beautiful plan is woven throughout history as He rules over sinful, fallen nations according to the purpose of His will (2 Chron. 20:6; Job 12:23; Ps. 22:28; 66:7; Isa. 40:23; 41:2). In the days ahead, we must not place our trust in politicians or political parties, but in God who sovereignly reigns over our world. Any blessing, prosperity, or even judgment that befalls our nation will come from the hand of God.
Trusting the power and sovereignty of God is the answer we need to overcome doubts and confusion over our broken world (Hab. 3:17-19). It is by God’s hand we are given courage (Gen. 32:22-33:3) and in His whispers we find peace (1 Kings 19:9-18). The path ahead for Christians is drawing near to God, trusting His plan, believing He has appointed our new leader (Rom. 13:1-7), and resting in His grace to strengthen us (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
2. Remember Heaven is Our Home
Recognizing the true nature of who we are in Christ and where our allegiance lies is necessary to help us put this presidential election into perspective. According to the Bible, Christians are sojourners and exiles on the earth (1 Peter 2:11). While we enjoy the rights of citizenship in America, our true citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20-21; Heb. 11:13-16).
Focusing our gaze on the eternal does not mean we do not care about the present. It is appropriate for Christians to love our country and desire that it prosper; however, an eternal perspective allows Christians to live in hope regardless of who sits in the Oval Office. Knowing this world is not our home empowers us to walk in courage (2 Cor. 5:1-10) even as we groan under the burden of this fallen world.
3. Remember the Gospel is our Calling
In the days following a presidential election, it is important for Christians to remember that our mission has not changed. No matter which political party wins the Oval Office or gains control of Congress, the commission of the church to reach the entire world with the gospel remains our primary task (Matt. 28:18-20).
Even if your candidate won the election, all Christians must never lose sight that we have much work to do as salt and light in our country (Matt. 5:13-16). Further, embracing our appointment as ambassadors for Christ who are entrusted with the message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19-20) gives us purpose beyond the false promises and hopelessness of politics. Let us work to overcome the negativity of our election by staying focused on the wonderful message of hope and proclaiming the good news of God’s amazing grace.
This election I fear that many Christians on both sides of the political debate mistakenly placed their trust in a person or a political party to bring about change in our land. Thankfully, Christians have a hope that is greater than any political victory and that is able to overcome any political defeat. As citizens of heaven, we worship a God who sits on the throne and is completely trustworthy and faithful. Additionally, since this world is not our home, we must be courageous ambassadors who faithfully proclaim the good news of the gospel.