Good Morning, America! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, you woke up and are breathing fresh air… not much has changed this morning, or has it? It’s the day after Election Day and according to my Facebook Newsfeed the world is about to come to an end or people are relieved that the fate of the world is perfect. Both feelings are expressed as the result of one man – really, one man. As Christians, as Americans, that is pretty sad. That all our hope and trust and faith for the positive or the negative is placed in one man. I have to admit, the best post I saw on twitter last night read “Yawn. Going to bed. Someone let me know if God loses control of the universe or something.”
Everyone seems to be focusing on “thanks” for the month of November. Very appropriate! And I saw so many thankful posts yesterday that we have the ability to vote. However, I am not sure how thankful people were if the person they voted for did not get elected. We live in America, land of the free. Freedom not just for us, but for every citizen. That means that we need to accept when things don’t go our way. Do you enjoy your freedom only when it benefits you? Or is it truly freedom you are thankful for? I know, I know, easier said than done.
As for those of us that hold the title “Christian” or “Believer” is means that we place our belief… our faith, hope and trust… in Jesus Christ. Why are we acting like our Savior is no longer our Savior? Don’t be “Chosen people” like the other “Chosen people,” who when the Savior came, they did not recognize Him because they were looking for a political leader to rescue them physically and materialistically. Eternal life through Jesus Christ is still available if we are still breathing. Don’t miss out!
Another thought - do we pick and choose what scriptures we want to believe? And follow? Or do we truly trust God and follow them all. If we believe "Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment." Romans 13:1 We can rest assured that God appointed Obama to be re-elected for His purposes and His glory. Do you believe it? And trust it? Not Obama, but God and His Word?
And we probably also need to choose to obey the scripture that states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Eph 4:29
God’s Word also says,“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14 NIV). This does not refer to the leader, but to the people. This nation is made up of states, which is made of counties, then cities, then families, then people. What if we all stopped looking at the speck on our leader’s eye and started working on the log in our own (Matt 7:3-5)? I can guarantee the Lord is most displeased with some of our attitudes, words, and actions since this decision has been made… and we need to repent!
What if each of us changed from the inside out? Then our families would change, then our cities, then our counties, and our states… and our nation! Would everything change? Surely not… not everyone holds the same beliefs. Heck, my husband and I don’t even see eye to eye on everything, so how can I expect the leader of this nation to see eye to eye on everything with me. However, I can’t change him; I can only change me. What I can do is pray for our president and our leaders.
“First of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 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, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim.2:1-4 NIV).
As a child, I was never a fan of social studies/history. However, when I became a teacher and taught fifth grade, I fell in love with it. During that time I taught American history. Along with the good times, I heard of the tough ones where Americans fought and fought hard. They pushed through. They stood up for what was right. Presidents came and went. Economies went up and down. Progress continued. There were little heroes and big heroes. But no matter what America was still America… and it still is. We will be fine.