I’m sure all of you reading this blog know that one of the most historic elections in history occurred last Tuesday. If not, here is your memo. Election season is over! Hallelujah (because seriously it’s been over a year of 24/7 election coverage). But many are asking the question- what do we do after the election?
(Now, just know that I am not going to discuss politics here in this post. I don’t plan on discussing politics at all unless it’s a political issue specifically addressed in the Bible (like abortion). At this point, it really doesn’t matter who voted for who because the election is over. We have a new president, and his name is Donald Trump.)
Anyway, we are now in the odd post-election but pre-inauguration season. Everyone is eyeing the new president as he makes decisions that are going to help determine a lot of our futures. And many people- Republicans, Democrats, and every opinion in between- feel powerless now that they cast their vote. Whether you did or did not vote for Trump, there is a let down once election season is over.
So what’s next? Let’s dive into that question as believers.
Praying of course is the obvious “Christian” answer. But, not enough of us do it, so it’s worth repeating! Philippians 4:6(ESV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” So, stop worrying and start praying!! Before the election we should have prayed; after the election we should continue to pray. Franklin Graham wrote a wonderful article on why we should specifically pray for our leaders. Please go check it out! Here are some specific prayers to pray for President-Elect Trump:
- That he would hear the Gospel and surrender his life to Christ (if he is not one already- I truly have no idea)
- That God would keep him safe from enemies- both spiritual and physical.
- That the Lord would guide all of his decisions.
- That he would submit to God’s wisdom and will.
- That God would use Trump for the glorification of his kingdom.
While these are certainly not all of the prayers you could make for President-Elect Trump, this is a good list to get started. If you have more, please leave them in the comments below!!
Submit to authority.
This is definitely not something people like to hear in this day and age. But, Paul gets really specific about submitting to authority in Romans chapter 13. I’m not going to write it all out here. Go read it. I’ll wait here.
It smarts to read, doesn’t it? Whether you love or hate the current or future administration, no one likes to hear that they are supposed to do as they’re told. We’re sinful people, and we want to choose what we do! Down with all authority! But, that is not part of God’s plan. God placed all leaders where they are according to his will. Period. Outside of a leader demanding that you disobey God, you submit to authority.
Now, some of you may be thinking that there is no way you can do this. So pay attention here. Paul wrote this letter to the Roman Christians in Rome while Nero was emperor. Guys, Nero lit Christians on fire as candles. He was one evil dude. I don’t know if there is a leader alive today that was as terrible as he was. (You can find out more about Nero by Googling him or checking out this website.) If the Christians then were supposed to submit to Nero’s authority, we definitely are supposed to submit!
One of the most difficult parts of this election season for me was easily watching the drama play out on social media. And it only got worse after the election. I’ve seen several people ask Trump supporters to unfollow/unfriend them on social media. I’ve seen videos of pro-Trump and anti-Trump riots and hate crimes.
This madness has to stop, and it is entirely up to us as Christians to do this. After all, there really is no reason for a nonbeliever to submit to authority or not sin. Why shouldn’t they do these things to express themselves? (I’m saying this from a nonbeliever’s perspective. The reason would be because those are terrible things to do and they hurt people!!)
God has us here as Christians as the light and salt of the earth. If we get down on everyone else’s level, we are not being the godly examples God called us to be! No one is going to come to Christ if I post on social media about how I hate everyone who holds such-and-such opinion. That absolutely ruins my witness to other people! So, just don’t do it.
Step back and remember that we are called to love all people. Jesus died for all.
Whether you think Trump is the greatest president America has ever seen or believe that he just might be the devil, Trump is pretty irrelevant from an eternal perspective. He only has four years in office.
Also he isn’t killing Christians, and he hasn’t said he plans on starting. Trump is a pretty good deal compared to the Christians suffering all over the world under leadership that wants them dead. We don’t suffer from daily terrorist attacks or incurable plagues. We live in the richest country in the world (if you are reading this in the United States). Life is pretty good compared to what it could be like.
Now, it’s really hard to keep perspective if you didn’t have it to begin with. So, how do you get perspective if you’re struggling? Dive into the Bible. Have a daily quiet time. Focus on your relationship with Jesus above all else. It’s not easy, but not worrying about politics every second of the day makes it worth it.
So, we are now in the season of after the election and before inauguration. How are you feeling? Do you have any other tips to add? If so, please leave your comments and questions below! God bless!
(Due to the nature of this post, if you leave any kind of profanity or hateful comments, I will delete them. This blog’s purpose is to encourage believers in their relationship with Christ.)