The Day after the Election

Last Sunday, in preparation for yesterday’s Presidential election, I offered our congregation a “pastoral note” that included the following quote from Mike Bullmore:

“There’s something more important than your voting [this] Tuesday . . . and that is [to remember] where your confidence is, where your security is. … God’s Word is ever so clear: human governments, folks, are this big. He holds them in the palm of his hand. So, let there be no loss of confidence in the goodness of God. Let there be no loss of security, whoever is in office. … It is important for us to remember that there is no cause no matter what happens—ever—for those who belong to God to worry… ”

The Holy Spirit, through the pen of Peter, admonishes us to respect our political leaders:

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:11–17 ESV).

Today, Russell Moore offers some sound counsel in that regard. While he, and I,  certainly have major disagreements with our President over a host of issues, Moore admonishes,

Christians, above all people, should pray for and show respect for our President and all of our elected officials. After all, unlike those who see politics as ultimate, we recognize that our political structures are important, but temporal, before an inbreaking kingdom of Christ. We don’t then need to be fomented into the kind of faux outrage that passes for much of contemporary political discourse. And, unlike those who see history as impersonal or capricious, we see behind everything a God who is sovereign over his universe.

You can read the rest here and it is worth reading.


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