After the Election
After more than a year of campaigning the election finally took place last Tuesday. Some may have stayed up late watching to see the results, while others may have gone to bed early. Some were probably pleased and some were probably disappointed. The nation is divided. Only 2.4% separated the winner from the loser. Even though we may have reacted differently to the results of the election we come together at the Lord’s table on Sunday. Our unity in Christ is more important than any political divisions we may have. No matter if your candidate won or lost we must come together as Christians to obey the commands of Scripture and live out the Christian faith. So, where do we go from here?
We must pray. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 the apostle Paul tells us to pray “for kings and all who are in high positions, so that you may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” We need to pray for our leaders, but more specifically we should pray for them, so we will be able to worship freely and live the Christian life without being persecuted.
We must submit. In Romans 13:1-7 Paul commands us to be subject to the governing authorities. We should pay our taxes and obey the laws of the land. We are citizens of the Kingdom of God and Jesus is our King, but this does not give us a right to reject the authority of earthly governments. Paul and other Christians were living under a pagan government responsible for many atrocities, but they were an example to others by living peaceably. We are called to do the same.
We must respect. The command Peter gives in 1 Peter 2:17 is one of the most perplexing and difficult commands we find in Scripture. He commands that Christians “Honor the emperor.” What makes it difficult is that we know who the emperor was at that time. It was Nero, a man who was responsible for the death of many Christians. Peter doesn’t even tell us to honor the office. He tells us to honor the emperor. We can speak out against evil and atrocities perpetrated by government, but we should never stoop to character assassinations and other personal remarks. We should speak out with dignity. We should always remember that we represent Christ. No matter whom our president is we should respect him as a person and pray for him and his family.