The US election is over and most are rejoicing over this pivotal moment in US history. Many are setting their hopes in the newly elected president, expectantly waiting for positive changes. A number of Christian bloggers/writers on the other hand have a different view on the election, one that is impervious to the outcome.
Put not your trust in princes,
In a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs he returns to the earth;
On that very day his plans perish. (Ps 146:3–4)
Replace “princes” with “presidents” and “plans” with “policies,” and you have a picture of what the psalmist might say today. The fact is, whoever takes office will eventually die, and our hopes in him or her will perish because the deceased cannot influence legislation.
The prophet Isaiah makes a similar statement:
O LORD our God,
Other lords beside you have ruled over us….
They are dead, they will not live;
They are shades, they will not arise. (Isa 26:13–14)
Neither of these passages say, “Don’t exercise your citizen responsibility to vote even though you’re given the opportunity to influence positions of power.” But they emphatically say not to put your trust in rulers and politicians
Instead, we are to hope in God, and in contrast with the prince who “returns to the earth,” God is the one “who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever” (Ps 146:5–6). God has power over the earth that will swallow up the human ruler.
Read more at Boundless, God and the Election
Here are some questions that have been floated my way…
#1 – Do you think the results of this election will lead to the end of the world as we know it?
NO! It really bothered me when some loony Christian wingnut called into a local talk show yesterday and talked about how the Bible predicted this would happen…
Now I’m no scholar…but I’ve read it from cover to cover on multiple occasions and I’ve never even seen Obama’s name!!!
The president of the United States does not hold the universe in His hands!!! God does–period!
#2 – If I don’t like the results of the election, what should I do?
I personally believe the Scriptures tell us to pray for our government leaders–whether we agree with them or not. We live in a country where we have the right to express our opinions…but I think it is hypocritical for a follower of Jesus to slam someone in a leadership position if they haven’t sincerely sought the Lord on their behalf.
#3 – What do you think will happen over the next four years?
Uh…I think I will eat some ice cream and watch some football games…other than that I am really not sure…and neither is anyone else.
Read more at PerryNoble.com, Questions About The Election
My friend Lisa in Oregon just reminded me though that there’s a law that says all Christian bloggers have to write one of the following two posts the day after an election:
1. If your candidate lost, you have to write:
God is sovereign and will provide. He is still in control. Everything is going to be alright.
2. If your candidate won, you have to write:
God is good and has provided. He is still in control. Everything is going to be alright.
Since both those things are true about God and Wednesday is going to be a pretty busy day, I thought I would get my mandatory Christian blogger post election entry out of the way.
God is sovereign. God is good. He will provide and He has provided. Everything is going to be alright.
More at Stuff Christians Like, The Election Post You Have to Write
These posts and many more suggest that the election isn’t as big and significant as portrayed. There is no denying that the election will indeed bring forth changes, for better or worst I can’t say. But we as believers are not to hope in the election or the leader but in Jesus and The Written Word.
Speaking about change, the recession comes to mind. The article Teacher By Day, Bar Dancer By Night focuses on how some Singaporeans are being put under stress by the economic recession. The article goes on to say that within the next 12-18 months, jobs will be the biggest worry and how fresh grads will be hunting for work at a critical time.
While this is a fact, I do not believe it to be the truth. The truth is as Daddy God tells us not to worry in Matthew 6:25
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,
29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God* above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
I’m not downplaying the election or the recession, but there’s no hope in looking at the circumstances. I’m going to be looking for a job in Singapore upon graduation, when the job market will still be at an all time low and I’m gonna trust in Him to provide. I’m not speaking out of my own faith, but faith in His Written Word cause like JianZhong says ‘The Written Word Works’.