Last night as I drifted to sleep, I found myself pondering the next four years. As President Barak Obama accepted victory in this divisive election which has polarized opposing American values, he claimed, “The best is yet to come!”
I did not vote for this president. As I follow Christ, there are immovable values that I could not shake in order to agree with President Obama. And as a Christ-follower, I remain steadfast in the values that make up my Christian faith: to love God and people, the freedom to worship, disciple, and evangelize the hope of salvation that God extends, Biblical doctrine that guides life, and the protection of these rights for each and every citizen that so chooses. And while I believe that our President may stand on the other side of the isle from what I call convictions, as a Christian American, I believe that the Church has a valuable response to this election.
The paradox of Christian living: “We make home in a world that that is not our home” (John 18:36, Philippians 3:20, 1 Peter 2:11). As Americans, we are commissioned to live IN a world while at the same time warned to resist becoming OF the world (John 17:14-19, Romans 12:2). Yet as Christians, we are called to revere God’s Kingdom above those of the rulers of the world (Matthew 6:33, Matthew 22:21, Acts 4:19-20).
American Christians who place their faith in the fate of an American president live a hopeless life! America is NOT the hope of the world as Governor Romney hailed at the conclusion of his presidential debate speech. As a divided United States, unity of America will not advance the Kingdom of God. Only when God’s people unite under the name of Jesus will [as Jesus prayed] “the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:21). President Barak Obama will lead this nation for another 4 more years, but God’s Kingdom without a doubt will reign 4ever!
So what should a Christian’s response be to a President elected whom you did not vote for?
Christians should respond the same for the leader of our nation whether you voted for him or not: PRAY. In 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Paul urged Timothy early in his ministry to pray for the anti-Christian Roman Emperor named Nero. Whether you voted for the “forward” progress of another four years, or you voted for the “restoration” of American principles, Christians all over this great nation must unite under the name of Jesus and PRAY for the leader commissioned to lead as President.
And we can do this because God remains unchanged. He has not been on the edge of His seat watching FoxNews worried over the outcome of this election. The fact that we continue under the presidency of Barak Obama does not change the mission of the Church. God still desires that “all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). So on the day after the election results have been tallied, where do you pledge your allegiance?