For today’s article I want to share with my readers a letter I emailed to our church membership on Friday the 11th after the election. I received many comments of appreciation and so thought it might be good to share with a larger audience now two weeks later as some of the dust has settled. I understand that some of you will not agree or appreciate all my sentiments. I respect that. I understand that there are many perspectives in an election as contentious and frankly painful as this one. Ultimately, I’m not as concerned about political unity as I am about the unity of all born-again believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope this letter will help to that end.
On Tuesday something happened for the first time in American history and we both participated and were witnesses - our country elected a president who has never held political office or served in the military. Only time will tell whether this was a good thing or not!
Of course many of us believe the election results were very good, not only for who was elected but at least equally so for who wasn't.
I actually wrestled with the question of whether I would vote or not. I finally did vote for Trump simply because of what he says he believes (more than what he said he will do - we all know candidates say many things to be elected that they don't or can't do once elected). For me it came down to voting on the man's stated beliefs about areas of morality, biblical conviction and our Constitution. I was also thrilled with his vice-presidential choice!
If Mrs. Clinton had won, I was prepared to bring pastoral counsel that we need not fret, become angry or distraught. She's not the Antichrist and our hope was never in politics to begin with. Our hope is in the imminent return of Christ! Like many, I thought she would win in a landslide.
Now that Mr. Trump has won, the pastoral counsel doesn't really change, does it? Just as she isn’t Antichrist, he isn't the Messiah. We still need Jesus as much today as before the election. America still needs revival. Evil, greed, materialism, drug abuse and violence are still rampant in our land. In fact I think my fear now is that we might be too elated and expect too much, only to have our hopes dashed. We could face a greater danger than fear and that being misplaced faith. Or the temptation that we might become smug and arrogant in our hearts toward the "losing" side. I understand that many … of us are excited, renewed in our motivation to pray for our president and greatly relieved. I just want to caution us about putting faith in the arm of the flesh and expecting more from this flawed man and his team than is humanly possible. My stance is not unbridled joy. My stance is cautious optimism.
From a Christian mindset ...
So what do we do now?
Yours for the King of heaven,
Unless otherwise noted, all posts are written by Pastor Chris McKnight