On Wednesday morning after the presidential election, America awoke to
perhaps the greatest upset in political history. Today, we have a deeply
divided country that is venting and attacking one another on social media.
Honestly, I am heartbroken by what I see online, especially by those who
claim the name of Jesus. It seems silly to me that I even need to write
this post. But in light of how Jesus followers are responding, I am
compelled to give a brief election reflection that I pray will give us some
The morning after the election I sat my three amazing kids down before
school [ages 12, 9, and 6]. I saw this as a critical moment to teach them
how followers of Jesus are to respond.
Here’s what I said:
If you do not have anything good to say…
Today at school, your friends are going to be saying all kinds of things
about the election. Do not get caught up in it. Do not get pulled down to
speaking negatively, making fun or saying mean things.
Remember if you have nothing good to say, then say nothing at all.
It is not about whether you agree or disagree. It is about honoring others
with our words. We need to bite our tongue instead of using biting words. Social media is not the place to vent, emote or attack.
Before you post take a deep breath, pray and ask: will this be helpful
We are called to pray for our political leaders.
Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Funny side note: At this point my youngest raised his hand and ask, “How
can we pray for people if were dead?” He thought persecuted meant that you
were killed. So we clarified what it meant to be persecuted.
Now back to the main point, Jesus was absolutely clear:
We are to love those we consider an enemy and pray for those who are
The Apostle Paul commands us to pray for our political leaders. At the time he’s writing the church was under Roman oppression and persecution.
And he is saying, pray for the leaders who are oppressing you.
And so no matter how you feel about Mr. Trump, even if you would consider
him an enemy, we are called to pray for him. I am praying that he has a
life-changing encounter with Jesus. I’m praying that God gives him wisdom
Even though our political leaders change, God never changes.
The good news is that God is still in control.
He is not surprised. He is not caught off guard. Nothing can thwart His
plan. Though our president is changing and there is uncertainty in our
nation, the true King is still enthroned and reigning. That Wednesday
morning I opened my Bible to Hebrews 13:8 where it says, “Jesus Christ is
the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Followers of Jesus should not be bent out of shape or freaking out.
Our hope is not in a government, a president or a political system.
Our hope is in Jesus.
And so, yes, our country is changing, but God has not changed. We can face
the future with confidence because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and
We have an unshakable hope because we have an unchanging sovereign God.
It was now just about time for my kids to head off to school. But before
they did, I asked each of them to pray for Mr. Trump and our country. We went
around with each one of them saying a prayer, starting with the youngest
and then I closed out our time. How precious it was to hear my kids pray
for our country and praying for Mr. Trump’s salvation.
My dear friends, this is how we are called to respond in light of the