A Note from a Pastor
The conclusion of the election and the resulting change in leadership has Bible-believing Christians concerned over the future of the country. Politicians who are stepping into new roles were bold during the campaign to say their intent was to bring the most progressive of policies and laws into American life. This will certainly impact things like taxes, immigration, national security, and the nation’s military stance. It will doubtless also impact social issues related to the expansion of abortion, gender identity, the homosexual agenda, and could even impact First and Second Amendment rights. Indeed, for a Bible-believing Christian, the next few years do not look encouraging. Which may bring one to ask, “What’s a Christian to do?” It’s a reasonable question, and actually one that should invade our thinking quite regularly, regardless of the political circumstances. Yet, in this current climate, it does seem an appropriate question to ask, so let’s consider a few important answers.
First, let’s consider what “not to do.” As Christians, we do not discount our values, disengage our voice, or dismantle our influence in day-to-day activities. There will continue to be plenty of opportunities to “Let your light so shine before men, that others may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16), so keep smiling, keep sharing, and keep shining. A vibrant Christian testimony exercised in word and deed will always be appropriate…whether or not it’s politically correct.
Second, we do not stop praying for our country and it’s leadership (I Timothy 2:1-3). Before the election, many prayers were offered asking for God’s leadership, for a move of revival, and for a renewal of righteousness. These prayers not only continue to be important but may be needed now more than ever. God is certainly able to work through any human leader, after all, as Proverbs 21:1 teaches, “The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turns it whithersoever He will.” Thus, we pray with faith that the Lord is indeed doing a great work, even though we are not a witness to the behind-the-scenes details.
Lastly, we cannot be ignorant of biblical truths. Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome (Romans 11:25), Corinth (I Cor. 10:1), and Thessaloniki (I Thess. 4:13) that he did not want them to be ignorant of important realities. This is no time for Christians to follow the example of the proverbial ostrich and “stick our heads in the sand.” We must stay engaged with the truth of God’s Word, beginning with our personal involvement with the Bible each day, then with the weekly preaching and teaching of the Word through our church’s ministries, and finally through using Bible-based resources, such as books, websites, and broadcast media. For truly, in uncertain times, we must be certain about what the Bible teaches.
I’ve had the opportunity to teach and preach in other countries and thus to meet Christians who were living out their faith in very challenging circumstances. Whether it was in Communist, Muslim, or third world countries, I always came away admiring those who were faithfully serving the Lord in word and deed, even when they were under threats of the government or opposing religious beliefs. Similarly, and in an authentic way, we as Christians must set our minds and align our attitudes with biblical principles.
Thus, I propose three important “to-dos” that we should focus on. To begin with, be grateful for the blessings of salvation and opportunities to serve our Savior. He is ever-present and we can echo Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped…” We can be grateful for so much that the Lord has provided, including the blessing of living in the freedom of the greatest country ever.
Next, be joyful as we go through our days. Words like joy, joyful, and rejoice are used hundreds of times throughout the Bible, such as Psalm 149:5, “Let the saints be joyful…” and Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always…” and not a single time is tied to an election or political outcome, so decide to be joyful.
Finally, be hopeful. Hymnwriter Edward Mote said it this way, “My hope is built on nothing less,
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Biblical hope is not based on political situations nor is it tied to circumstances or a series of wishful events. We are not looking for the Savior to step off Air Force One. Biblical hope is a confident expectation resting securely on the truth of Scripture and the Lord’s promises. To look to anyone or anything else is useless vanity. Stay focused on Christ and thus stay focused on hope.
So, “What’s a Christian to do?” Simply said, live out our faith daily, engage the Bible, be prayerful, be grateful, be joyful, and be hopeful. These are truths that no election will overturn, and no law will eliminate. If anything, these things may be more needed and more impactful in the days and years ahead.
Dr. Harlie Miller, Associate Pastor