I wrote this during the last presidential election, but it still holds true. I’ve changed the names to reflect current presidential candidates, but the truth remains the same!
Today I’ve heard a lot of things that are disheartening from both sides. So I thought I’d share some things that are on my heart.
1. Sometimes we, as American Christians, get so caught up in our nation. We forget that all around the world there are Christians who live in nations where it is illegal to worship God, it is okay for the government to make you have an abortion, and it is not a “republican” or a “democratic” nation and yet Christianity still flourishes because that’s NOT the most important thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s not important–it’s just not THE MOST important. Because we are Americans, we have privileges and rights. We get to vote with our morals, our opinions, and our desires. And I am so grateful for that right, but we just can’t be too surprised when it doesn’t go our way. Jesus himself said it wouldn’t.
John 15: 18-19 “If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.
2. While I may be mad, disappointed or happy and elated that either candidate won. I don’t agree with either candidate by at least 50% so for me, neither one is a great option. Both have a few good ideas both have some terribly poor ones. Both have huge moral dilemmas within their platforms and themselves. I think there are some serious issues that our government is facing. And, don’t get me wrong: I’m NOT apathetic or impartial, I have an opinion and I voted based on my preference and what I believe was important and based on morals. But, realistically, I just firmly believe that government will never be the solution for REAL change in this nation or in the world. So we can be okay with whatever the outcome is and whatever our government does or does not do–we know that our purpose remains the same–To share the Love of Jesus. We know that until people know that– no vote will matter. As Christians, we need to believe in treating the core disease not the symptoms. So for the next four years of Obama’s presidency and the four years after that, and the four years after that–the real question still remains how will you be changing your neighborhood, your community, your city, your state and treating the disease not the symptom?
Psalm 146: 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
3. Even if doomsday scenario’s occur (I’m positive they won’t), if our gas prices are ridiculous, if gays marry or don’t marry, if marijuana is legalized or remains illegal, if abortion continues or is overturned, those things are just temporary. Jesus himself told us that God has his best for us, even if it seems like we are suffering.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
So what do we do?
We pray. We pray for our leaders. We pray for our nation. We pray for our enemies and our friends.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 “[Instructions on Worship] I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
We love those with whom we disagree. We treat them respectfully. We stop bashing their side. We let everyone else bash, gloat, be sad and we turn the other cheek.
Luke 6:27-28 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
We use our first amendment right carefully. We watch our words and our tongue. We guard it so that others see Christ-not condemnation, anger, and retaliation.
James 1: 19-20 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires”
We have faith that our Kingdom isn’t here. God still wins. He always does.
John 16:31-33 Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
We keep on Keepin On. We live the life God called us to.
Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one anotherhumbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
We let Jesus Platform be on our hearts as we move forward:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.