After scanning the headlines, reading Facebook posts and rants, seeing profanity on Twitter, hearing various responses to the outcome of the vote, I’ve been musing about whether or not to weigh in and offer my two cents. After pondering what to say, here are my random thoughts, in no particular order, other than how they came to mind.
If the candidate you voted for won, rejoice, but don’t gloat. Don’t act like a five-year-old winning a board game and not letting his opponent forget it.
If the candidate you voted for lost, mourn, but don’t pout. Don’t act like a two-year-old and throw a temper tantrum because you didn’t get your way.
If someone criticizes whom you voted for, don’t respond in kind. Instead, respond with grace and seek to encourage the other person (Psalm 34:14; Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:29). Don’t follow the practice in social media of tearing people down. Remember that you can grieve the Holy Spirit by what you say (Ephesians 4:30).
Pray for President Obama. Pray for President-elect Trump. While they may not be our kings, these men are in positions of “high authority” and deserve our respect and prayer (1 Timothy 2:2).
Don’t threaten to leave the country because “Trump is not my president.” Don’t sink your roots down deep because “America is now safe because the Republicans are in charge.” Remember that ultimately, this world is not our home. Heaven is our true home. We may be citizens of the USA (or whatever country we live in), but ultimately, we carry the passport of heaven where our true nationality resides (Philippians 3:20).
Be as passionate about Jesus as you were about politics. Become as bold about the gospel as you were convincing others to vote for Trump or Clinton. Remember that our primary responsibility is to be a witness for Christ (Acts 1:8) and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). As citizens of the heavenly kingdom, we have been placed here as God’s ambassadors to persuade people to become reconciled to Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Pray for boldness to tell others about Jesus (Acts 4:13, 29, 31).
Remind yourself that no one is in a position of authority unless God places them there (Romans 13:1-2). God can raise up kings and queens, and remove kings and queens. He can place anyone in power at just the right moment to accomplish his plan and purpose. The books of Nehemiah and Esther give testimony to that fact.
While we may face an uncertain future (and this would be true regardless of who won the election), God can still be trusted. Even if the worst thing imaginable takes place, we can rejoice in God (Habakkuk 3:17-18). God’s mercy and grace is new every day (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Keep your eyes on Jesus and find your hope in God.
Colossians 3:1–4 – 1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.