After the Election…He will be MY President
I don’t know about you but I am election weary! I just can’t take any more TV commercials. I can’t handle any more flyers. And if one more recorded message from Morgan Freeman or Clint Eastwood calls my house again, I may lose what’s left of my hair!
One of the greatest things about our country is that we get the privilege of helping choose our governmental leaders. However, the problem we face is that our nation is almost completely divided between the two candidates. The reason is because people have a lot of passion and emotion about the election. They are working hard to get their guy elected.
Late Tuesday night (November 6th), we should have an idea of who will serve as our President. (I say should because as a Floridian, we take nothing for granted when it comes to elections!) One half of the nation will be excited and the other half will be disappointed. But if you are a follower of Christ, regardless of the outcome, you have a responsibility.
The apostle Paul wrote to the new Christians living in the city of Rome under the reign of Caesar Nero (nut job by the way) and gave them a command of how they were to respond to the authorities.
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1 (NIV)
Submit. No one likes that word. Especially if your guy doesn’t win the election! But we have been given a mandate by God that says when someone is in a position of authority over us, we are to submit to that authority. The reason is because somehow, some way, God has established all of the authorities! That means that after the election we can rest in the sovereignty of God no matter the outcome of the ballot counts.
The real struggle for most people will be controlling their emotions after a loss. There will be people who are angry. Many will resort to making wild accusations. Some will even declare their intent to move to another country. (Which doesn’t happen unless you’ve got Johnny Depp money.)
As followers of Christ, we cannot and must not follow that pattern! We have been called to live differently in front of the world! Regardless of the outcome, tomorrow’s elected President will be our President…ALL of our’s. He should be prayed for, supported and submitted to because God will have established his authority.
Therefore, I want to issue a challenge to all people who call themselves followers of Jesus: Respond to the election results; do not react. Responding means you pray and trust. Reacting means you get all emotional and go to Facebook and Twitter and post things like, “He’s the new antichrist!” “He has horns under his hair!” “He sacrifices puppies and sleeps upside down after eating children!”
We are called to be the salt of the earth. We are commanded to be in the world but not of the world. We are told not to be pressed in to the mold of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Always remember that regardless of who is elected, our goal…our mission…our passion is to take this amazing news of salvation through Christ to our world! Don’t let your emotions from an election shut down a potential relationship that God could use to bring someone to Jesus.
On the morning after the election, he (whoever that may be) will be my President, but God will continue to be sovereign over all. And I’ll continue His work.