Election Day is here. For many, this day has been on your mind for a long time. At the very least, you have read headlines, social media posts, and had conversations about it over the last few months. Others have spent much more time thinking about it. Perhaps you have read countless news articles, listened to podcasts, watched debates, town halls, and more news in the last three months than in the three previous years.
Now that today is here, how are you feeling? Are you feeling hopeful, believing that our country will move in the direction you think it needs to? Do you also have feelings of worry and fear, believing that if the candidate you disagree with is elected, he will lead our country to a divisive and dark future?
Whatever happens with the outcome of the election, our mission as Christians doesn’t change. I am not saying we shouldn’t care or vote. I believe we should, and our faith should guide our decisions on who we vote for, but once it is over, let’s not forget God has a bigger purpose for us to live out.
In a world full of division, chaos, and evil, we have the answer that the world needs—the solutions our country needs. God calls us to share this answer and shine in the darkness as a light to the nations.
1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
So, what can we do in the days ahead to shine and to point people to Jesus Christ? Or in other words, what does it look like to provide the answer to our country’s division? 1 Timothy 2:2-4 gives us a few simple steps that we can begin today.
1 Timothy 2:2-4
2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
To start, we can live out the principle of “pray first.” We should pray for all people to live peaceful and godly lives. We should pray for both sides of the political divide and for those in authority. Secondly, we need to model what it looks like to live in peace. We should honor others by putting their interests before our own and think of them as better than ourselves (Philippians 2). This type of response to others is what pleases God, not arguing with others as we try to prove our point.
God wants all people to know him. He wants them to be saved, and he invites us to be a light in our world. No matter what is ahead, remember that you have the answer—Jesus Christ. He is the answer to the questions our country is asking, and we have a mission to share it with those around us.
What are your feelings about the election? Hopeful, fearful? Why?
How does your God-given mission change after the election is over?
How can you promote peace to others in your everyday life?
Write down a list of people you will pray for this week, including the leaders of our city, state, and country. Check out the personal prayer guide for lists and ideas of what to pray for.
Commit to the mission God has given us. Team up with one of CedarCreek’s DreamTeams as we work together to introduce people to Jesus and the life-changing adventure he has for them.
Dear God, nothing that happens today or in the weeks ahead will surprise you. You are all-knowing and all-powerful, and I have comfort in knowing you are in control. No matter what happens in the weeks, months, and years to come, the mission you have given me remains the same. Please, give me a clear mind, strength, courage, and the peaceful spirit I need to live out this mission and shine in a dark world. Amen.
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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