This is one and only “political post” for 2016 (I think). I do not plan on telling you who to vote for or whether you should vote at all. I don’t want to talk about the various political platforms and their pro’s and con’s.
What I will simply post are 4 thoughts I shared with my congregation yesterday. I didn’t preaching an “Presidential election” sermon yesterday, but I did aspire to equip their thinking for the next few days, and this is what I shared.
First, don’t have unrealistically high expectations of government. Romans 3:23 tells us all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Every man and woman is displeasing to God before they meet Christ. And our government is run by mostly men and women who are not redeemed. Don’t expect your government to always make the right decisions or pass the right laws or make the correct judgments on court cases. Our government will always be foolish if it has not committed itself to listening to God.
Second, no matter what happens, God is still sovereign. God’s sovereignty means He guides and governs all events and circumstances. It means He directs everything to its appointed goal, for His own glory. In eternity past he knew how to use men like Trump or women like Clinton or men like Hitler or Nero to accomplish His greater agenda! Psalm 93 reminds us, “The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.” Since God is sovereign, then we are safe … no matter the President. Far worse kings and dictators and Presidents have ruled Christians and the church has always survived because it’s Creator is sovereign.
Third, honor the President-elect. Slander or gossip are not permissible just because you vehemently oppose whoever is elected. Consider these verses: “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work” (Tit 3:1). “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme” (I Pet 2:13). “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. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment …” (Rom 13:1-4). And one of the best ways you can honor the President is to …
Fourth, pray for the President-elect. I Timothy 2:1-2 reads, “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.” Pray for their families, decision-making, listening to counsel, listening to God speaking, salvation.
It’s will be fine – no matter the level of persecution or freedom. God “has the back” of the church. He won’t abandon His bride to corrupt governments or rulers.