The election is over and it seems most evangelical Christians are disappointed. In some cases, disappointed is not the word. Grief-stricken would be more accurate. May I offer three simple suggestions?
First, stop acting like people who have no hope. Please, stop it right now. If you whine and cry and wring your hands over this election, what does that say about your faith? Do you really believe elected officials are the ones in control? Please. There is one throne and God is sitting on it. (Revelation 19:4)
Second, all you preacher blamers, stop it. I read a Facebook post this morning that accused America’s preachers of being “complicit” in Obama’s reelection. Okay, so let me get this straight. We preach godly values and Biblical truth Sunday after Sunday, month after month, year after year, but suddenly because we don’t preach a “tell the people how to vote” sermon one week before the election, we’re all sell-outs and an embarrassment to our calling. Oh yeah, that makes a lot of sense.
Politics is a worldly, messy, complicated business. There are countless factors that figure into the outcome of any election. Demographics are huge. The media plays a big part. The candidates themselves have an enormous say in how they are perceived. And that’s to say nothing of money, debates, advertising, and hurricanes. So please, stop blaming preachers.
And stop blaming Christians, too. Again, a Facebook post said that Christians failed to do their duty yesterday. Really? My Bible says that the road to heaven is narrow and few ever find it. (Matthew 7:13-14) That tells me that Christians are in the minority. Sure, we can let our voice be heard at the ballot box, and a loud voice it should be. But the logic that says a minority of people are to blame for the outcome of an election is an affront to common sense.
I have a suggestion.
Let’s all just go back to living our lives for Christ. Let’s quit whining and pointing fingers and just be glad we live in America. And let’s pray for our president. He’s got the toughest job in the world. And he’s where he is because God put him there. Romans 13:1 says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”
All you blamers need to let that verse sink in. Want to blame somebody? Try God and see how that works for you.
As for me and my house, we will work within the reality we are given and just let our lights shine forth. (Matthew 5:14-16)