What are you going to do if the right guy doesn’t become president?
One women told my wife that there would be, and should be, riots. Really? It’s not a bad thing to feel disappointed. And yes, the president has a lot to do with our ability to pursue happiness. It may even be a matter of life and death for some. But, how much hope will you lose if things don’t go your way? That says a lot about what you put your hope in.
Here’s a passage that can be difficult for Christians in our politically divisive culture:
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. (Romans 13:1-2, NLT)
How does that strike you? You may not want a certain candidate to win, but if he or she does it’s because God made it happen. The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans to a church that was being heavily persecuted by the government – far more that you or I could imagine. And he meant it.
It all comes down to your understanding of biblical hope. No matter what happens today, God is in control. As important as issues like job creation, abortion, supporting education or foreign policy are, they will all pass away. Even our great nation will cease to be someday. So feel free to act as if your hope is in Someone that never will.
If the other guy does win today, I have a suggestion on what you could do. Why don’t you pray for him?