When Caesar is in Power: Making (Christian) Sense of The Election

In reading some of the posts on Facebook today, anyone can tell just how personal this election was for many people. These are definitely serious times we live in with serious issues that carry very serious potential consequences. Most of the people I associate with are very disillusioned today, bordering on depressed. I must admit, I can relate. But I also want to try to bring some perspective to the situation for my readers in an attempt to make sense of things and how we can maybe handle ourselves in the wake of this situation.

First of all, I echo some of my friends when they say, “God is still on the throne.” This is definitely true and we need to keep that in mind. No matter how bad things get down here, God is neither surprised, nor impotent. He’s the same God the day after the election as he was the day before.

However, I do want to caution you about just throwing up your arms and saying, “Well, God is still on the throne,” as if to silently say, “and all those people are just going to hell.” This would be a very unfortunate attitude to take as Christians. So often we get stuck in the mindset that we want to fortify what we think life should be like according to our worldview so that we can feel like we’re victorious and somehow our faith is vindicated. First of all, our faith is vindicated not by someone winning an election, but by the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead! But that former mindset I was talking about  is the oft-times silent and maybe subconscious thinking behind our actions when it comes to politics. Then when things don’t turn out like we had hoped, we just say, “Well, God is still on the throne.” Well, yes and no.

You see, ultimately God is, indeed, on the throne and there is nothing anyone can do about it, no matter who is President. But in another sense, God is not on the throne of many people’s lives. This should be the issue that drives us as Christians and the lens through which we see the results of this election, as well as all of life.

For instance, we don’t just want to throw up our hands and say, “Oh well, God is still on the throne,” and leave it at that. There are some very real consequences that result from this election. First of all, no strides were made toward stopping the killing of innocent unborn babies. And make no mistake: Real people are being killed in the womb in America and our government is not doing its job to protect them. This should be an outrage to all followers of Christ. But not only does it affect babies here in America, but it also means that money will continue to be given to other nations to fund abortions there. My only comfort is in knowing that at the very least, each one of these precious unborn lives will be immediately ushered into the arms of our loving Heavenly Father. But that doesn’t change the fact that the taking of these lives is beyond tragic.

The issue of abortion is one of the most important issues for Christians, but it is just one. There are many more disturbing consequences to the outcome of this election and our disillusionment is understandable.

All of this should do one very important thing: drive us to pray. We are called to pray for our leaders, no matter who they are. It just so happens that when the need is so tangibly felt as it is now, our motivation to pray ought to be all the greater. We need to not only pray for our leaders, but also for the hearts and souls of the people of America. This is, indeed, the greatest need, and the reason why we can’t just throw our hands up and say, “Well, God is on the throne.” Such a response is incomplete by itself. The need plus the truth of God being on the throne should move us to see those who are without Christ and also those who are blinded to the truth as people who need our diligent prayer. After all, they are the ones who voted the way they did, and we as a nation will reap the consequences of that choice. Make no mistake, even though God is on the throne, we are accountable for what we do here in this life. Our hearts should be broken for the souls of our fellow Americans whose blindness keeps them from seeing the truth.

Lastly, this should force us as Christians to be less dependent on government and more dependent on God. Too often I see a fellow Christian whose only conversation seems to be lamenting the current government. This is truly a shame. Our conversation and our lives should be reflecting the true HOPE for a CHANGE of life that can only be found in Christ alone. Our lives and words should be ever pointing to the One who has set us free from our own sin and bondage and be a road sign for those who need to experience that freedom as well. And that’s something no President can ever hope to offer.

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