As I write this, the “official” word has been given that we have a new President-elect of the United States. Depending on your political point of view, this news will be met with either joy, hopefulness, and relief, or with a feeling that America is doomed to slide into the abyss of an eternal inferno at breakneck speed.

It seems that in America these days there is no middle ground, no common territory where all can feel welcome and safe to express their personal opinions. You’re either one of them or one of them, but you better not be one of them!

Long time readers will remember that I’m one of them. I’m one of those who hold to the Biblical viewpoint that God is always working in the affairs of man. This statement from Daniel chapter 22:20-21 sums it up nicely I believe.

Daniel answered and said:

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding

Whatever is to come, rest assured that it will not take God by surprise. On the contrary, this world and all that it contains is encased in God’s eternal plan of redemption for man. Therefore, the results of an election can not alter what the Almighty has already decreed. Whether your favorite candidate won or lost is of no consequence to the Ancient of Days, for He alone knows the end from the beginning.

What then is our role to be in all of this?

To Pray.

Christians are commanded to pray for those in authority. That’s right, praying for our leaders is not optional according to God’s word. Paul said in Romans 13:1 to “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God“. We are all held to the same standard, meaning every one of us is required to pray for our leaders. You may not like the person in authority, but the word of God says it doesn’t matter. We are to pray for them. Regardless of whether or not you voted for them. We do not get a choice in the matter.

Additionally, our Christian witness and testimony should be one of gratitude and thanksgiving that we live in a nation where we have the opportunity to have our voices heard. If we fully understood just how rare that is, I’d like to think we would appreciate such opportunity even more. We cannot be Christlike only when our candidate of choice is elected to office, for to be so would be hypocritical. What does such an attitude say to the world about us, or our Lord?

Christians in America would do well to remember that God is Sovereign. He rules and reins from His throne over every nation and government, and that includes America. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Why would we ever think He would do so now?

The answer to the question of “well, now what” is simple: PRAY.

Have blessed day everyone,