Edited version of remarks given in the morning service at Calvary Church on November 13, 2016.
Many of you were up late on Tuesday night. Some of you may be very pleased because your candidate was elected: others of you are upset that your candidate was not. But I have three Scriptures for all of us. We must respond as followers of Jesus, not out of emotion, not out of fear, not out of pride.
Paul says in Romans 12:18, “If possible so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” And that includes those whose political affiliation may be different from our own! In the marketplace, in our streets, in our schools, in the community, we as Christ-followers want to be known as people of peace. Not exploiting people’s fears, not bragging because our candidate won, not being frustrated because our candidate lost, but rather living peaceably with everyone.
Psalm 20:7: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses” — I want to paraphrase that — some trust in Trump and some trust in Clinton, but notice what it says, “but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Our trust is not in a candidate. Donald Trump is not going to usher in the Millennial Kingdom. Our trust is not in a particular person, or in a political system. If our candidate didn’t get the votes this should not be an exercise in frustration, but a deepening of our faith in God.
And then Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:1 “First of all I urge you that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions.” America got rid of a king a long time ago! But we do have presidents, we do have governors, we do have mayors, we do have people in high positions. Notice what Paul says. “That we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good and it is pleasing the sight of God our Savior who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” We pray for a spiritual reason: that the Gospel may continue to be spread, that we would live in a quiet and a peaceful society, dignified in every way so that the Gospel may spread not only throughout the United States, but throughout the world.