Well, my predictions were way off, obviously. Don’t ever accuse me of not being an optimistic, happy warrior. President Obama has been reelected for another four years. I’ve been swamped with emails and messages from people panicking and asking, “Now what?”
Here are a few answers to that question.
Now we have an opportunity to show whether we trust God and his word or trust the world and its wisdom. Here are things the Bible tells us to do now:
First, we need to pray for the President and all our government leaders. “First of all then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:2). We need to honor the office, even as we disagree with the positions of the man who holds it. Pray for him — for his safety, for God to work in his heart, for God to give him wisdom.
Second, we continue to hope in and live for the gospel. We must respond in a way that shows that our greatest treasure — which is not our system of government or a tax plan or any other political agenda, but Jesus — is firmly ours. Be calm in your response, patient in your hardships, clear in your message, faithful to the good news. “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:5)
Third, we need you faithful ladies to live out Proverbs 31:25: “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Don’t despair, mothers. Don’t dread, grandmas. Laugh. You can be strong, dignified, and joy-filled because you know who holds tomorrow.
Fourth, we need men to step up and fight. Not in the way of the world, but with trust in God. “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4). Men, if you want to take a stand, go to your knees and pray. “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling” (1 Timothy 2:8). Pray for our families, our churches, our states, our leaders, our people.
Fifth. we need to maintain our gratitude for the blessings we have. We still live in the a country of incredible wealth and liberty. We still have freedoms and opportunities that most of the world does not. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). We have much to be thankful for.
Sixth, we need to seek out and hope for the good of our nation. I’ve seen many people quote Jeremiah 29:11 in the last 24 hours: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Have you ever read the context of that verse? God issues that promise to Israel when they have been hauled of in exile to Babylon. These were dark times. Even as they looked to that future that God had for them, God commanded them, “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiahs 29:7).
Finally, seventh, we need to continue to stand for and work in fulfillment of our values. We need to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves — especially the more than one million babies who are aborted every year — and be their defenders. But we need to do this in a way that honors the gospel. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27).
Aren’t you grateful that even if America falls, Christ’s church will stand? Isn’t it wonderful that even if “Conservatism” dies, our Savior lives? Isn’t it amazing that in the midst of political peril, our gospel is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe?
Buck up, brothers and sisters. Smile, laugh, pray, fight.
Come down off the ledge, unless you’re up there to proclaim the good news: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns'” (Isaiah 52:7).