WAIT, WAS THERE AN ELECTION OR SOMETHING?

WAIT, WAS THERE AN ELECTION OR SOMETHING?

Ok, ok. We’re now two days post-election and half of the country is celebrating while the other half is contemplating a change in residency. I have to admit, in my 34 years of life I’ve yet to see anything quite like the past 48 hours or so. That being said, here are a few of the things I’ve been processing over the last couple of days:

Jesus is my hope, not America. 

Simply put, my hope is not in Donald Trump. It’s not in Hilary Clinton. It’s not in Obama. It wasn’t in Bush. My hope is not and has never been in the republican party or the democrats. My hope is not in any candidate or political philosophy or grass roots movement.

My hope is in Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:25 says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

Believe it or not, God knows what he’s doing. He wasn’t surprised by the election, and even on his worst day, his wisdom surpasses that of our greatest political heroes. So I’m going to trust the man upstairs. I know this might not make sense to non-believers, but it provides a great deal of peace for me as a Christ follower, knowing that someone much more capable than The Donald or Hilary (or any politician) has a plan.

Women, minorities, and others who feel marginalized… you are loved. 

I get it. Trump has said some pretty awful and hateful things. You might be a bit nervous about “Trump-America”. I want you to know that here at First Christian (and in many churches around our great country), you are loved. At FCC, we are a place for all people. Yes, we mean that. All people. We long to be a safe place for everyone. White, black. Educated, uneducated. Rich, poor. Gay, straight. Addicted or sober. Republicans and democrats. At FCC we recognize that we’re all in this together.

Maybe you’re looking for a place where you can feel genuinely loved and accepted. We long to be that community for you.

I’m praying for President-Elect Trump (and hoping for his success).

President Trump is going to need our prayers. I’m praying that he can be the kind of leader that he talked about in his victory speech… a president for all people. I’m praying that he is a successful leader because that benefits us all. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 reminds us to pray for our leaders: “I urge, then, 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.”

If you are a follower of Jesus you are called to pray for the president-elect.

What do we do now?

Let’s start by being kind to one another. I know emotions are on high. I understand that some of us want to stick it to ol’ so-and-so.

Maybe, don’t.

Obviously, social media is pretty venomous right now, so I thought, what if we tried to live with a few simple guidelines until things cool down a bit (and even after that). Let’s start here:

Don’t be a jerk.

If you’ve been a jerk, stop it.

If you’ve hurt someone, make it right.

If you’re proud, repent.

If you’re a follower of Jesus, act like one.

America is pretty great.

We live in the greatest country in the world. It’s great, not because of who the leader is, but because of who we are. We are cultured, free, and strong. We are different but united. We come from different backgrounds and walks of life, yet, gladly walk with each other. Whether you voted Trump or Hilary, whether you’re thrilled or feel doomed with Tuesday’s results, let’s remember that as God’s children, we are all brothers and sisters.

 

Husband to Jenn. Dad to Story, Journey, Asher. Lead pastor at First Christian Church, Canton.


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