Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Post Election Blues? (A Guest Post)

The election is over. Whew! It was a long stretch.

Now we can move on and get our focus back on a few other things — some things that are more important than a presidential race. I know, I know — it’s important, we have a Christian responsibility to be vote and be involved in the political process. I believe that so much that our family stood in line for nearly 4 hours just to vote yesterday. Somehow, though, I can’t help but wonder what would happen if we Christians were as passionate for the Kingdom of God as we are for our politicians.
We’ve all heard a lot of overstatements by fellow believers…and may have even stated a few of our own:
  • “This is the end of things if this election goes bad.”
  • “God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gommorah if he is elected.”
  • “This will be God’s judgement on America if he is our president.”
So–in this post-election morning when we awake to our President’s re-election victory–let’s be reminded of a few very important truths:
  1. God has been deeply involved in this election. Isaiah 40:21-22 states, “Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand? Are you deaf to the words of God— the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant? God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!”
  2. God knows what He needs to accomplish and how to get it done. Romans 11:33-34 reminds us, “How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice?”
  3. Consistently and sincerely pray for our President and other leaders. God calls us ”therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty,” 1 Timothy 2:1-2.
  4. Our true hope and ultimate focus must be Jesus. Remember John 16:33? “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
All is well. God is on the throne. We have work to do. Peace, brothers and sisters…

Ivan Veldhuizen was a pastor for 25 years and currently directs international church planting for Converge Worldwide. He writes Escipleship and lives in Orlando with his beautiful wife, Susan, and mission driven son, Shane. You can follow Ivan at @Plveldhuizen.

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