And now the election is over. To the stun of most pundits, Donald Trump is the new President-elect of these yet to be United States of America. Tuesday night's election results have stirred severe emotions in the American public, of which you and I are included. There are a four points for consideration I thought we might find helpful:
1) Presidents are mere human beings who do not deserve our highest trust.
Psalm 146:3-5 gives us a great caution against over amplifying the significance of governmental leaders. It reads, "Put not your trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God." The psalmist does not raise the stock of our governmental leaders. He does not say that they are better or worse than others. He simply observes that they are just like us: human. And when they die their plans, policies and panaceas die with them. For that reason we put our trust in the One who is eternal, and omni-benevolent. Our hope and help is in the Lord our God.
2) Presidents are flawed human beings who require our prayers.
The Word of God urges us to pray and petition God on behalf of all men, particularly those who are in authority (1 Timothy 2:2). Never forget that it is your job as a follower of Jesus Christ to invite Heaven's influence on earthly politics. We must pray for our governmental leaders. It is safe to say that whoever you voted for is not impeccably fit for office. Each candidate possesses glaring flaws. I voted for the one I felt would best lead the country, and my candidate lost. Regardless of who you voted for, the elected candidate requires is that we pray for him. I urge you to pray. Let's pray that God will save him; that God will give him wise, irrefutable counsel. Let's ask God to use him inspite of his troublesome comments about women, ethnic minorities and foreigners. He needs God's help.
3) We do not live in a post-racial America.
It is clear that the white working class outside of our major metropolitan cities voted in significant numbers. Something in Donald Trump's rhetoric resonated with them. Those are the sentiments with which they idenitfy. It seems to me that racism drives part of their disgruntled fervor. To be sure, racism is not the sole factor but it is one that matters a great deal. With 85% of the White Evangelical vote, it is also clear that many in our land put race in front of the implications of the gospel. That is not Christianity proper, friends. It feels like the colonization of White American Privilege.
4) Our best days are still in front of us.
God was not caught off guard by the election results in America. I spent the morning with about 60 pastors and then with about 15 of our seniors. Deacon Taylor reminded me that he's lived through Hoover, Eisenhower, and Nixon. He said to us that his generation made it, and ours will too. I am reminded that our great hope is in the glory of God not the occupant of the Oval Office. For that reason, whatever happens in America or around the world, our eternal destination has one King. He rules and super-rules our world. He does nothing but good. He alone inspires hope to face the days ahead. So join me.
Don't lose any sleep over the election. What others intend for evil, God uses for good. Keep your head up.
Published on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 9:27 PM CDT