In this crazy election year, how should Christians approach the morning after?
- With Humility
Humility is not just one of Jesus’ nice attributes. It’s at the core of his character. It’s fundamental to what we believe about the incarnation. (See Philippians 2)
For followers of Jesus who want to live like him in any way, shape or form, humility is not an option. Jesus’ instructions to his disciples are clear on this…
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:25-28
In his classic work on humility, Andrew Murray writes, “Christ is the humility of God embodied in human nature.” He also warns, “…let us admit that there is nothing so natural to man, so insidious and hidden from our sight, nothing so difficult and dangerous, as pride.”
No matter if your candidate wins or loses, walk with humility. It is a good thing to have sincere convictions, but if you cannot fathom being wrong or short-sighted in your own views, you may have a humility problem. I know many people who love Jesus deeply who are voting differently today. Even if I feel passionately in one way or another, I can say with humility that I might be wrong.
- With Faithful Obedience
To be quite blunt, how you live tomorrow really shouldn’t be any different than today. As Christians we are called to live each day in surrender to the Lord of life. Tomorrow shouldn’t be any different. Keep walking by faith. Keep trusting the Lord. Keep loving your neighbors…and your enemies. When Christians wake up tomorrow, really nothing has changed for how we are called to live. Our identity is in Christ. Period.
- With Love
Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) For the sake of our witness, will you please learn to love people…even if they think differently than you. Our witness to the world is at stake. The love between Jesus’ followers is supposed to be so otherworldly that it points people to Jesus himself. I haven’t seen a whole lot of that this election season. Maybe tomorrow is a good day to start learning how to love.
- With Hope
Christians should be the most hopeful people on the planet. We claim, at least, to know how the story ends. And in the end, God will reign triumphant.
If the results of this election either make you incredibly joyful, or totally distraught…you may want to question where your real hope lies.
There has been so much rhetoric this election season that frames today’s election like we are deciding the fate of the world. But as followers of Christ we already know who holds the fate of the world in his hands. We are not voting to decide on that.
There is no doubt that today’s election may have very real consequences on the kind of America we live in for the coming years and maybe even decades, but no matter those consequences Christians are called to have eternal hope in the one who creates all tomorrows.
Let’s be real about history for a minute. Every nation on the globe has experienced seasons with both incredible and terrible leadership. Nations, including our own, have celebrated wonderful leaders and endured very poor leaders. And you know what has remained constant through it all. Jesus. He reigns regardless of who holds the power of our human institutions. His Church has triumphed through unbelievable persecution and seasons of government affirmation. And the funny thing is, most often it has been when the culture and government have been most antagonistic to Christians that Christ’s Church has grown the most. I am not wishing for this kind of persecution, only noting that it will in no way do us in. If anything it forces us as Christians to actually live what we say we believe.
Here’s the bottom line… Unless God chooses otherwise, tomorrow the world will not end, the sun will still rise, the earth will still spin on its axis. God is still God. And I am not. Praise God that we can trust him, his goodness and his ultimate purposes. There is no reason to fear, because Christ sits on throne…and today’s election will not change that.