There is indeed much to reflect on as we enter into a new day here in America. For most of us that are evangelical Christians, the candidate we voted for will not be assuming the office of President of the United States for the coming four years. There is a great deal of uncertainty, and for many, fear, regarding the future for America and for its citizens. Only time will tell what the next few years will indeed be like. Nevertheless, it is an excellent time for those that are Christians here in America to meditate and reflect on the future from a biblical perspective. I offer some thoughts as we enter into these curious days.
First, Isaiah 6:1 is a timely reminder for us that the white house is not the throne room of heaven, and the man who sits in the oval office is not high and lifted up. Many of us are aware of this. Still, our fears and concerns challenge our theology. Jesus is indeed King of the earth. His control is supreme. He appoints kings and rulers and he removes them. Make no mistake, the man God wants to be the President of the United States is the President of the United States. We must trust his sovereignty.
Second, we are citizens of heaven before we are citizens of the United States of America. And (a big and here, and one that will probably challenge you), God’s agenda is not the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere does God promise us freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and so on and so forth. God’s priority is not that we find pleasure in worldly life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. God’s priority is not our ease and comfort. America’s, and our own individual economic prosperity is not the reason God exists. Not that any of these things are necessarily bad things, or should not be protected and preserved to a certain degree. But these are not the means by which God accomplishes His sovereign will. These are not the end for which God has saved us and called us to His purpose and plan. These are not what His kingdom is all about. We must be mindful of our citizenship. If something happens to the things that make America “great” or make America America, our lives are not destroyed. They are not over. We should have found little security in them in the first place.
Third, our task is not primarily a political one. Yes, we as Christians should be engaged in the political discourse of the nation. We should seek to preserve the life of unborn children. We should seek to protect God’s design for marriage. We should seek the right of all to be treated with dignity and respect. Of course we should. However, we put our faith in a Savior and Lord, not a president or a political party. America needs Jesus, not Barack Obama or John McCain. America will be transformed for the better when God’s people rise up and declare the truth of the gospel with boldness, conviction, and power. It is the path to true transformation. True “CHANGE.” The President of the United States has no bearing on our ability to pursue this task. It may indeed have a bearing on the price that may be required of us to be faithful to this task, but it does not change our call in the least. In a surprising reversal of perspective, maybe the gospel will be better furthered as a result of this election than we may have thought.
Fourth, the answer for those of us who are believers is not to respond with the same type of animosity, hostility, and hatred for our next President, agree or disagree, as so many have responded to our current President over the last four years. Regardless of how one judges the current administration’s performance, the way much of America has responded has been wrong and shameful. We must not respond with the same spirit. This does not mean that we should not oppose those actions that would go against our convictions regarding what is right, but we must not attack the person. Biblically we are to pray for him, and in so doing, reveal our trust in God, not in any man. This will also display our commitment to a task that is bigger than any political agenda, as we have already discussed in the previous point.
Maybe in the near future I will offer some more thoughts on the events of this evening and how we as Christians are to respond appropriately. These are initial, but hopefully helpful, and hopefully encouraging. I find great comfort, great certainty, and great focus in them. Let us be grateful to God for the opportunity to be reminded of who we truly are as His people, where we truly find our purpose, where we truly search for our joy and satisfaction, and where we truly place our security. Maybe less should “CHANGE” for us than we think if we are truly mindful of these things.
Note: for some great additional reflection on the election, check out John Piper’s thoughts at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGjGbZNyIBY