After a long and brutal election year, it is finally over. But for many people the wounds are still fresh and left wide open after a long hard fight from both parties. Over the course of this election year families, friendships, and churches were divided. It is evident by the popular vote, this country is literally divided right down the middle. Our country is hurting and needs to be healed.
I am thankful for President Obama’s words Wednesday morning, “Ultimately, we as American’s are on the same team.” Even if Hillary Clinton had won the presidential race, my message would still be the same.
Polls show Trump won the critical evangelical vote which helped him win the Presidential race. However, I believe it is important as Christians we do not think our part is over, and we do not become complacent.
So, as Christians, what do we do now?
First, I believe we must continue to pray. Our country needs to heal and the President and his administration need wisdom on how to unite a country that has greatly divided. We must pray for President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence as they begin to assemble their team as they make this transition into office. We pray the Lord will put godly men and women into office who will surround the President and Vice President. We need to pray for the Judge who will be appointed to the vacant seat in the Supreme Court, and he or she will protect our religious freedoms in court. We need to pray for all levels of government who will continue to shape this country, from local to federal officials.
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior.
1 Timothy 2:1-3
As Christians, we will continue to be persecuted here in the United States. Our beliefs will continue to be viewed as unpopular with the majority of people and the slanderous name calling will continue. The liberal secular-progressive left in this country, which is hostile towards Christians, will continue to push their agenda on anyone who doesn’t agree. It is important we prepare our hearts by knowing God’s word. It is important as Christians that we know what God’s word says about different issues and know what we believe and why we believe it. It will give us wisdom to know what is right and wrong, and give us the confidence to stand bold towards an opposing world who will continue to stand against us.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of god may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16
It is God’s word alone that we can use to teach and train our children what is truth in a world that is forever compromising. We can use it to rebuke those who come against us. We can use it to correct those who have false ideology. God’s word alone needs to be the solid rock we stand on, not our sinful human opinions.
The day after the election my husband and I were discussing how we as a family move forward. We want to use this election as a learning experience and know we have to be part of the change. We both agreed we needed to get involved in our community, whether it be through volunteering, politics, recreation, etc. We have to invest in to the lives and world around us. Because if we as Christians do not get involved, it will be people with secular-progressive ideals who will be investing in the lives of the future generation.
I don’t look at this election as a victory, but as a time in which is critical for the church to unite and stand firm on God’s word to help unite this wonderful country we are privileged to call home.