Elections are over. The voters have spoken. What did their votes say?
1. Our nation agrees about the problems we face, but we’re sorely divided about how to fix them.
2. Minorities presented as the majority.
3. The “moral majority”, who was said to have won the election for George W. Bush, presented as a moral minority in this election.
4. It’s not just about campaigns and issues anymore. Today’s media-seduced culture responds to the outreach of marketing and branding.
We think about what we learned from this election, and strive for what both candidates failed to achieve, unity as “one nation under God.” A classmate recently remarked that many of us are Americans first and Christians second. We need to be Christians first before all else.
As Christians, how do we respond to the problems and issues we face? As Christians, how do we apply the “love thy neighbor” teaching of the Bible? As Christians, how do we view authority and respond to it? As Christians, how do we react and respond to the pervasive immorality of our culture?
The Bible tells us to put God first, to put our trust in Him – not an elected official.
I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. Do not worship any other gods besides me. Do not make idols of any kind… Exodus 20:2-4
Don’t you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? …You can choose to obey God and receive his approval. – Romans 6:16
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. – Deuteronomy 6:5
The LORD is my rock, my fortresss, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust… – Psalm 18:2 KJV
Yet, even though God is first, the Bible tells us that God put government in place for our good and that we are to support our leaders. (Romans 13:1-7)
Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and import duties, and give respect and honor to all to whom it is due. – Romans 13:7
The first thing we owe our leaders and our nation is our prayers.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Colossians 1:9
Then, putting our trust and hope in the Lord, we look to God for direction, and ask Him how He would have us answer the questions above.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
With trust in the Lord, be strong and of good courage!
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:7-9
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13