Now that the polls are closed, the results are in, and we are finally in the post-election season, I feel like I and other Christians need a few reminders of what it means to represent Jesus in the world. It would be too easy to get caught up in the post-election media hype and forget who we are. But let’s not forget that we are supposed to be different. So, whether you supported Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or a third party, don’t forget Who we are called to serve first and foremost.
With that said, before you join in the various post-election “discussions” about the results, here are a few scriptures that should shape how we act and what we say. I have decided to leave out any commentary on my part and just let the Word of God stand on its own. My challenge is that each of us lets Scripture examine us, confront us, and change us.
1. We must be an example of Christian character.
Matthew 5:13–16 (ESV)
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Philippians 2:14–15 (ESV)
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world
2. We must pray for our president
1 Timothy 2:1–2 (NLT)
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”
3.We must submit to, and respect our president
1 Peter 2:13–17 (NLT)
“For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.”
Romans 13:1–7 (ESV)
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
4. We will be held accountable for the words we speak (which includes social media posts)
Matthew 12:36–37 (ESV)
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
5. God is still in control
Romans 13:1–7 (ESV)
…. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Proverbs 21:1 (NLT)
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.
Final Post-Election Thoughts
Please let these verses stand on their own and resist the temptation to find “loopholes” that excuse bad behavior. So, as we enter the post-election season, I would challenge that if any of these verses doesn’t apply to what you are doing or how you are acting then you need to re-examine your motives and how you are approaching the situation. Our behavior, what we say, and the conversations we participate in must reflect the love of Christ above all else. My philosophy has always been, when in doubt, it’s time to examine myself, because I’m probably missing it somewhere.
Just my two cents,