The Morning After

My guess is most of you are just glad it is over. No more political ads and no more having to think though issues that you normally do not have to. No more pandering for your vote. No more stomaching who lies more; candidate A or Candidate B. Ahhh….back to normal life.

For others there is genuine joy or disappointment this morning.

For all of us though there are two important takeaways for the morning after a presidential election.

1. Pray for your leaders no matter who won. 1 Timothy 2 gives us counsel along these lines.

“Therefore I exhort supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior who desires all men to be saved.”

There is so much to unpack here but I will be brief.

A. We are to be more about prayer than partisanship. The verse just does not just say pray, but supplications and intercessions as well. Paul is making it clear; pray!

B. Therefore is always therefore a reason. The broader context of this verse makes it clear. Paul exhorts Timothy to fight the true fight, the one for the souls of men.

C. We are to be a reverent people when it comes to authority. Godliness understands  authority. This does not mean that we lie down and compromise our faith in Christ. It does mean that we live as exemplary citizens in matters that do not cause us to renounce biblical truth.

2. The second takeaway is remembering our true calling and purpose here on earth.  Here 2 Timothy 2 is most helpful. “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” As we just saw the warfare is the battle for the souls of men. Civil affairs can serve as a diversion to the real battle for the souls of men, woman and children. Jesus is building His church, not a theocratic nation. If the church becomes so large and influential that the nation behaves and governs more consistently with Scriptures; so be it. But our purpose is not to build a “Christian nation” but to build Christ’s church.

Oh, and my prayer app on my iPhone just reminded me to pray for Mary Stryker. Ahhh…back to normal life.

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