So, normally I try not to talk about anything trending. But this is urgent.
There’s obviously a lot of hype about Trump and a lot of horrid frustration put forth in animalistic rage about the state of America. This election has not been a testimony of how “ridiculous some can be” for voting for this person or that person…the core issue here is the obvious and heartbreaking division that’s manifested itself now more than ever. We are divided, and by implication, we cannot stand…
But that’s not what I want to point out. I want to talk to the Christians reading this, and offer you this challenge:
This whole moment in history is crucial for the Gospel. It’s a moment where those who are seeking to follow Christ can shine His light forth more powerfully than we could possibly understand. And I’m not seeking, through this post, to support Trump or say that those who wanted Hillary as president are wrong. But I am saying this in an attempt o draw our attention back to the One who’s objective in this, impartial, and witjout taking sides. Do NOT waste this opportunity by giving into your fear, frustration, or selfish agenda. Please. These are the three ways we can obviously and easily show Jesus to our nation, now.
1. Apply and Lean on God’s Sovereignty
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Again, God is the One who transforms our lives so that, as we live, we look more and more like His Son (2 Corinthians 3:18). Jesus is the Lord of our life, and He’s the One who controls what happens. Period. Whether or not we believe things ought to have happened differently.
2. Live in Obedience to Romans 13
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” (v.1-2)
Any authority placed over us, whether it’s our parents, a professor, or a president, the only reason they’re in that position is because God put them there, and, going back to leaning on His sovereignty, we ought to trust that He knows what He’s doing: even if the authority does not fit our definition of a leader, we should still respect the position they hold as an authority appointed by God.
3. Let God Change Your Values
This whole mess is NOT about our identity as Americans. It’s never been about our identity as Americans. Once we’re following Christ, we don’t even belong in this world anymore. Our identity is totally defined by Jesus and what He’s done for us and who He is. When God looks at us, He doesn’t see “Hunter, the American sinner,” but He sees Jesus and His perfect life and sacrafice that has redeemed me from any other ties, those as deep as my sin, all the way to my nationality.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Looking at Romans 13, it seems like those in authority are held responsible for the way they rule, which means they are in a MUCH more pressurized position than we as “the ruled” are in. So we need to be praying for our president, whether we’re happy about him being in office or not. Praying for him, as we should be for all people, will enable us to follow God more fully in word and deed as we live under his government.
Don’t get carried away with the flurry and the feeling of the crowd and the media and the world in general. Think about your actions…think about the state of your heart, and let God satisfy your fears, eradicate your worries, and guard your heart and mind with His peace, which surpasses all understanding.