As I returned home from church Tuesday evening the media had all but crowned and inaugurated Hillary Clinton as the 45th President of the United States. They spoke excessively of the celebration party and quoted from the acceptance speech that she would be the President for all Americans.
We have witnessed what seems to be an eternity of a presidential campaign that was both arduous and divisive. To say I am glad this is finally over would be an understatement.
Trump beat Hillary – not so much based upon their policies or (lack of) popularity, but primarily because this is how American politics works. Since we’ve just completed eight years of a Democrat Administration, it’s time for the people to revert and choose a Republican this time. That’s the way our two-party system works. We move to the left for eight years until the pendulum swings too far. Then we move back to the right for eight years and get tired of that as well.
As a Bishop and Pastor, I must admit I was not surprised at the outcome of this election at all. As I viewed my Facebook posts this morning there were a mixture of posts with some believing the world as we know it would end with a Trump presidency, to those who believe the second coming had occurred with his election. How can this be? How can we all serve the same God, preach from the same Word yet be so different in our values and political beliefs. I remember people calling President Obama the Anti-Christ when he was elected the second time.
What’s most disconcerting is that we not only face a divided nation but a divided church today. Regardless of who is president we are told in the Word that we are to pray for those in authority (I Tim. 2:1-5). Although I disagreed with many of the policies implemented and supported by the President I chose not to use social media to blast or speak against a standing president.
What just happened? The power of the media and so-called polls has been broken. The shift of the country to the left has been like a rubber band that’s been stretched and snapped back. The American people have spoken regarding their need for change once again.
We are seeing a rebellion and the desire for a new direction for our nation. This mimics what occurred in the United Kingdom with the Brexit earlier this year. Well, what do we do now as the church? If you did not vote for Donald Trump stop believing that all hope is gone, if you voted for Donald Trump stop saying that he is the answer for America’s woes. Our hope is in Christ. Stop acting like spoiled children, Christ is our foundation.
The election is over now, as I look at the map with states colored in blue and red remember, we are still on the same team at the end of the day. We are Americans and part of the greatest country on earth where we have the right to vote and express our opinions as I am doing now. Our differences make us who we are.
Remember, we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, this world is not our home, we are merely passing through. As believers, let’s reflect the hope that is in Christ and not a man.
This is the Voice of the Overseer!