As I walked to the office this morning on Newbury Street I passed multiple businesses that were boarding up their stores. I found it peculiar then realized the election was tomorrow and they are preparing for the results. I'm not sure I have ever seen a response to an election like this before.
How are we to respond?
The Bible says a lot about how we are to think about governing authorities. We pray for those in power (1 Tim 2:2), we are subject to them and should do what is good under their rule (Rom 13), and we must pay what is owed them (Mark 2:13-17). Government is generally seen to be a good thing throughout the bible. A necessary thing to live a peaceful life.
However, the Bible also makes it clear that we shouldn't put our trust in them. "Do not trust in nobles, in a son of man, who cannot save." (Psalms 146:3)
I think these days we are currently living in it has become more and more obvious that we must be a people who have our hope in God. I am not certain about many things in 2020, but I am certain that God is the only one who won't fail us. He is the only one who can perfectly govern. He sees perfectly ahead of us.
So how are we to proceed?
We must pray for our leaders. Notice that Paul tells Timothy this pleases God. We should pray for President Donald Trump and former Vice President JoeBiden. We should also pray for Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris. No matter whether we agree with their policies or not we are instructed to pray for them. Let's spend the next two days specifically doing just that.
"First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good, and it pleases God our Savior..."
1 Timothy 2:1-3
We should focus and practice being a "non-anxious" presence. We need to think about the opportunity we have among our neighbors, co-workers, family members, roommates, and college peers. We can be someone who doesn't raise the temperature among our community. Let us use this season as an opportunity to rightly represent God's calming presence. We follow the one who calms literal storms. (Matt 8:26-27)
"Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
We should love one another. Chances are you have a brother or sister in Christ who has a different political opinion than you do. Jesus said that people will know us based on our love for one another not on our political affiliation. Let's patient with and believe the best about each other. This political season will end and your relationships with other believers will last forever.
“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I, like you, have found this to be one of the most difficult and challenging seasons of my life. Who would have imagined 2020 would have looked like this? By God's help, we will get through this season. Let us lean into Psalm 46 together:
God is our refuge and strength,
a helper who is always found in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not be afraid,
though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas,
3 though its water roars and foams
and the mountains quake with its turmoil.
Lead Pastor, Grace City