Well...the election is over, and for better or worse we have voted in a new president. This has been a brutal election season and I know of few, if any, who have not felt a pall of depression and discouragement over the choices given us and the challenge that was put before us to decide between two very different and at the least very dissatisfying options. But vote we did, and now we must look to the future and ask ourselves...What next?
For me, and I hope for all of us as Christians the answer must be PRAY! We are commanded in scripture to pray for those in authority (1 Tim. 2:1-4) and in this passage Paul tells us why; to further the gospel and see more people come to a knowledge of the truth. So we pray. Pray that our new president will be surrounded by godly counselors; Josephs and Daniels, and Deborahs, who counsel with Godly wisdom in a winsome way. Pray that God will move on all our elected officials and turn their hearts to honor and glorify him. Pray for justice and righteousness to reign. Why should we and can we do this? Because God is still on His throne and reigning supreme in our nation just as he did over Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus and all other ungodly kings before and since. We can trust God. We need not fear the future, we pray the future. Pray with Jesus; “Your kingdom come, your will be done”.
Next we need to find a way to reunite as a nation, see divisions healed and encourage faith to move ahead. We can always decide to be bitter and frustrated with the events of the last year, but in the end we need to pray for and build towards a future that the next generation can influence and themselves pray for. Russel Moore in his blog said it this way: “We are not, first, Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or progressives. We are not even, first of all, the United States of America. We are the church of the resurrected and triumphant Lord Jesus Christ. We have survived everything from the rage of Nero to that of Middle Eastern terrorist cells. We have, in fact, often done best when we are, what one historian calls, the “patient ferment” of a church alive with the gospel.” We are the church. We have God’s divine mandate to reach our world and influence it with the gospel. God has given us more time to do just that. Let’s not look at what is wrong with our future, but on God’s call to affect our future.