A lot of words have been spoken in recent days about our election. Pundits chimed in. People commented on social media. Television advertisements flooded the airways. A lot of words have been spoken since we have seen the results: some hopeful, some hopeless. Hateful words are the worst, though, from both sides. You can express your hope without gloating and without hatred. You can express your concerns without falling into despair and without hatred. We are a divided nation that every four years goes into a spasm of hopeful rejoicing and hopeless moaning. The roles this year are reversed from those played four years ago.
Words can hurt, or words can bring healing. As Christians, our words, spoken from the heart, should point others to the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. It is especially important to remember that as we deal with people who are euphoric that their candidate won and depressed that their candidate lost. It is in this time that those who follow Christ can be the greatest blessing to people. It is time to speak words of grace and healing, no matter which side we supported in the election, if any. Jesus talked about the effect His words could have on people. “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)
Jesus invited us to judge His words. The challenge was to hear His words, accept them as truth, and believe in the Father who sent Jesus to the earth. The result of accepting that challenge was the promise of eternal life. Those who have gained eternal have passed from the reign of death to the reign of life. It was true back then; it is still true today. We have the power to spread the word of Jesus Christ to those around us. Our hope is not in any election, although many followers act like it. Our hope is in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We have the opportunity to introduce people to eternal life – not some future pie in the sky when I die eternal life, but a life of fullness and joy right now because we are living each day under the leadership and guidance of the Lord of the Universe.
How do you feel today? Are you excited about the results of the election? Congratulations. Remember, though, that the power to elect a president is miniscule when compared to the power of a God who has created this world and raised Jesus from the dead. Are you angry and in despair? Take heart. Ultimate control is in the hands of the Creator of the Universe. Are you one of the many who didn’t like either candidate because of their morality or their platform? Remember that God is in control and will continue to be God. He is not mocked and those who continue to live in opposition to Him will have the opportunity to explain some day in the future. The world did not fall apart when President Obama took office. The world will not fall apart when President-elect Trump takes office next year. God will still be on His throne and we will still be called to share His mercy and grace with a world that needs good news.
Lord, the election is over. We still see gloating and we still see wailing and gnashing of teeth. Give me the grace and strength to show others You love, mercy, and forgiveness. Work in my country and in my life to bring about Your ultimate good.