MY DIRECTION AFTER THE ELECTION
A Presidential Election brings out the best and worst in all of us….Christians included. Some Christians want Clinton, others want Trump, and others want someone else. Since God controls it all then whatever the outcome will be His will (meaning He either caused it or allowed it) and it will ultimately bring Him glory and that is all that really matters to His people in the long run. If God is pleased to continue to “Bless America” that would be best for us. But if He decides to test America or suppress America then I am sure that He will help us learn to live with that as well. If God is “pleased” to bring our country to its “knees” then that is the way it will be regardless of whom we elect or what we expect. Read Psalm 115:3: “But our God is in Heaven; He does whatever He pleases.” No nation can continually “shake their fist” in God’s face and not expect to be disgraced or even displaced at some point. If He is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all. If He does not ultimately rule over the “kings of the earth” (Rev. 1:5) then the words of the Bible cannot be trusted or else grossly misunderstood. The “living” need to know that “the Most High rules in the kingdoms of men” and “gives it to whomever He will” (Dan. 4:17). And it does not matter whether that nation is Babylon or Britain, Assyria or America, Palestine or Pakistan, Israel or Iran.
America is a great nation and there are numerous reasons for a positive attitude when it comes to the future of our country. We pray that our country prospers as never before and that things get better and better. We will continue to pray for our leaders no matter who they are and also pray that we may all “prosper and be in health” as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2). But it is my conviction that the ultimate decision is not ours, but God’s. Therefore, if the election does not go like we think it should, we will still pray for ‘kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Tim. 2:1-3). We will still “Honor the king” (1 Pet. 2:17) or President whether we voted for him/her or not regardless of how much we might disagree with them. Anyone who has studied the Bible knows that God “owns the thrones” in the sense that He uses them for HIS ultimate GLORY. In my judgment this means that “Presidents” are like “puppets” and “Congress” may as well be in “recess” if they think they ultimately decide the fate of this or any other nation. I personally believe that prayer is far more important than politicians, presidents, platforms, parties, or “Christian” polls. If we were to spend as much time praying for our President (no matter who it is) as we do pushing our preferences we might accomplish much more…and it would at least demonstrate who we actually believe “rules His world.”
If our candidate does not win in the coming election I already know what we can do if necessary. As soon as the winner is confirmed, we can have a private devotional. During the devotional we can pray that God will intervene and “put it into the heart” of the President to do the things that need be done. God can do this (Prov. 21:1). He has done this before (Ezra 7:27). He can actually intervene…if you know what I mean. Then, after praying for our President, we can sing the following songs that we sing at Church all of the time.
We could start with: “Dread not the things which are ahead, The burdens great the sinking sands, The thorns that o’er the path are spread, God holds the future in His hands.”
Then we could sing: “This is my Father’s world, O’, let me ne’er forget, That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.”
Then: “I care not today what the morrow may bring, If shadow or sunshine or rain, The Lord I know ruleth ov’r everything, And all of my worry is vain. Living by faith in Jesus above, Trusting, confiding in His great love, From all harm safe in His sheltering arm, I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.”
Then: “Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe, On this terrestrial ball, To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all.”
Then: “Be with Lord and then if dangers threaten, If storms of trials burst above my head, If lashing seas leap every where about me they cannot harm, or make my heart afraid.”
And, finally, we can close with a song we teach our children: “He’s got whole world in His hands…the whole wide world in His hands.”
If we should get really upset over the election we could at least try the idea suggested in this article and see if it helps. It may or may not work (depending on how upset we get), but at least it is an option. And consider this final question: What am we going to do if we don’t do this? That is, if we don’t decide to have this attitude, what other selections/options are available? We could, of course, just decide to criticize, condemn, and complain for the next four years! That would probably really accomplish a lot, especially since the President does not even know our names, much less care what we think about him/her or the decisions he/she makes. Truth is, the President will most likely be in the bed and fast asleep while we “toss and turn all night, kick the blanket on the floor, turn my pillow upside down” and lose sleep over things that we should just pray about and let Jesus “rule over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5)…..including those that we don’t like and did not vote for. Since God is watching and He knows who is winning, it is probably not going to help if we do a lot of whining.
Note: Clinton may go in…or Trump may win. This article is not written to favor either candidate running for President. But it is written to remind me that I should not be shunning the President…when it comes to my praying. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).