Now, while I don’t think that I should altogether make light of a political outcome, like many of you, I’m trying to figure out how to wrap my mind around what just happened in our country. For some, it was a victory against the “establishment.” For others, it was a blow to the morale of the marginalized. I’m not here to weigh in on political minutia, and I’m not going to pretend like I understand all of the perspectives at play. My aim is to share my heart and find a way where we as a body of believers can move forward in reconciliation. Here are a few preliminary thoughts in the aftermath of last night:
- You don’t know what you don’t know.
The older I get, the dumber I realize I am. There’s a LOT I don’t understand, and while I tried to be as prayerful and thoughtful as I could be with my vote, I know that I was unable to recognize all of the different ideologies in this election. That’s not lost on me, and chances are that it’s not lost on you either. Our system is messy and multifaceted, much like us; and with that, we’re never going to get it totally right. Even if we understand that voting for a candidate isn’t an endorsement, it still gets sticky when we navigate difficult decisions. In most of my conversations with believers, there was a conviction to vote in a God-honoring way. I heard out many who had a desire to champion the rights of the oppressed, preserve the liberties promised to us, as well as steward the resources credited to our nation. The flaw of two-parties (or any system for that matter) is that we’re always going to find that the heart of God does not fit on a straight ticket. It’s not sinful to vote Democrat, it’s not sinful to vote Republican, and it’s not sinful to vote otherwise. Our Lord doesn’t share our party loyalties, and while there’s nothing inherently wrong with politics and having affiliations, neither should we. How can we demonize each other when we share the same inheritance in Christ (Ephesians 1:11-14)? We need grace for each other, because Lord knows we need grace ourselves.
- Compassion goes much further than comparison.
I believe that there are wise people on both sides, and I believe that mindfulness is a bipartisan value; but more than that, I believe that Jesus has called us to a greater sense of empathy. People are hurting, and what may seem like a protection of morality for some is a terrifying and alienating outcome for others. Many feel like they defended constitutional values, but many are fearful that theirs will be taken away. If you voted for the Donald, be mindful that families are feeling a sense of terror you may not recognize. Scripturally speaking, Galatians compels us to assume their burdens (6:1-10). Just because someone’s heart is breaking, doesn’t mean it’s an indictment of your vote; but if you fail to help carry that weight, then it’s absolutely and indictment of your faith, considering the hope to which we’ve been called (Ephesians 4:1-7). If you were for Hillz, know that not everyone who voted for the alternative is antagonistic. A lot of kind and loving Christians found themselves trapped in discerning what exactly to “render to Caesar.” With that, they are still brothers and sisters bought by the same precious blood of Jesus. Ephesians 4:32 says it best: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” I think that part of the beauty of Heaven is that nobody will be running around with reprimand or judgment when we realize just how much we ALL missed the mark. The Cross proves that there is far more that binds us than could ever pull us apart. My goodness, do I need this reminder.
- We serve a greater King.
The reality is that Trump has been elected to a role that deserves respect, and he will now possess the highest title in the land. As a believer you would do well to recognize his governance; however, make no mistake that he and all who have gone before him are still nothing compared to the glory of the Lord. While he may stand at the zenith of western accomplishment, he is just another servant who will bow before the authority of God’s providence (Jeremiah 27:6 and Daniel 4:35). Family, the sovereignty and majesty of Jesus has never been in jeopardy (Daniel 2:44-45). As citizens of this land, let Romans 12 be your guide, but as children of Heaven, let Revelation 21 be your hope. We worship a God who was, is, and will always remain on His throne. What I love most about this truth, is that the Lord is a loving Father who deeply cares for His people. His heart has been wrung out far more than you and I will ever know, and His love holds ours intact. Let the sacrifice of Jesus remind you that God has withheld nothing from us because He is for us. This spendthrift of a King will come again to restore all of our political and sociological fractures, and He will not be stifled by some trite election cycle or silly and ideological rhetoric; because who can stand before the Champion and Creator of the universe and tell Him what He is owed?
I know that this post isn’t going to magically start the process of healing, and I know that we all still have difficult conversations coming our way; but I hope that in prayer we can start moving forward knowing Jesus is already way ahead of us. Let’s be a mindful and gracious people who know that we serve a greater God and carry a greater promise of hope. This election is not a triumph nor is it condemnation, it’s just a small part of a greater story where Jesus is King, and we are saved.