“We prayed walking in and prayed walking out, and will continue to pray regardless of who’s elected. Our faith is in Jesus Christ, not man, and now more than ever we need to be praying for our nation.”
I wrote these words nearly a week ago, and now that our new president has been announced, my perspective on the matter remains the same.
My thoughts are swirling this morning, along with many others. For me that would have been the case regardless of who won the election, because whether he won it or she won it, the question I have to ask myself is “what will I do next?”.
How will I respond?
Today there are many of you mourning and grieving the state of this nation. You feel a profound sense of loss, mistrust, and hurt. It’s shocking to you that this really, actually happened, and trying to make sense of it only makes matters worse.
Then there are those of you filled with a renewed sense of hope. Your candidate won, and your optimism shines brightly as you believe this means a new dawn and a new day for America.
You may want to cry.
You may want to boast.
You may want to smile.
You may want to panic.
You may want to celebrate.
You may want to sulk.
You may want to fight.
You may want to flee.
The sea of emotions is vast on this one, and I truly believe we should all be given the space to feel how we feel in the aftermath of this election. But as you process your feelings my question is this:
How will you respond?
Are you still slinging mud and calling each other names?
Are you telling your friends to “get over it” and “move on”.
Are you being an ambassador for peace and love, or a vessel for harboring hate?
Dear brothers and sisters of Christ, who have you put on the throne?
Have you made Trump your idol? Clinton your idol?
Has this election been your idol?!!
Do you believe Jesus is who He says He is?
I know it’s still fresh. It’s fresh for me too.
A lot of people have been hurt over these last several months, and some words, thoughts, and opinions don’t scrape off so easily.
It may take some time to get to that place of peace and restored belief, and that’s ok.
But in the meantime, don’t negate the power of prayer!
Don’t forget that He is our rock.
Don’t forget that God hasn’t changed.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)
Whether you find yourself on the winning or losing side of the votes today, or perhaps somewhere in between, we only truly win when Jesus reigns supreme!
Continue to stand up for what you believe in, and do what the Lord has asked all of us to do.
Pray for our president!
Reflect the love of Christ!
Rejoice in the hope we have in our Savior!!
And maybe, just maybe, we can all add some more grace and sensitivity to our speech, and really examine ourselves to see how we can make a difference in America.
Who have you placed on the throne?