The election is over, the yard signs are slowly disappearing and our television commercials have returned to selling products instead of candidates. While the hype is gone, the reality of post election is here. The day after the election, half of America woke up hopeful while the other half got up disenchanted. We are a divided people. The numbers show our nation is fragmented – philosophically, economically, socially and spiritually. Now is not the time to tout victory or lament defeat; it is time to work together. Our leaders must bridge the gap furthered by politics. Jesus said that a Nation divided will be ruined and a house divided will fall (see Luke 11:17). Our elected officials must come together and creatively collaborate on meaningful solutions to America’s problems. While I place the responsibility for our current economic and political climate squarely upon America’s elected leadership, we as the electorate share in the responsibility much in part to our enabling and co-dependency behaviors with government. It’s time to put away the donkey and elephant and put on the red, white, and blue. Let’s challenge our leadership to work collectively and cooperatively together!
Because the task is great, as Christian American’s we need to pray for our leaders (see 1 Timothy 2:1-3). Ask God to give wisdom, vision, direction, tenacity, and perseverance. These are tough times requiring extraordinary effort. Pray these men and women would possess the stamina, energy, and discernment necessary for the times. Ask God for their wellbeing. In all of this remember God is sovereign. When we cast our vote, we were electing a servant – God’s servant. We didn’t elect a savior or a god, but finite and frail people just like us who happen to be our chosen leaders. Remember to support your elected leaders, but only trust God. He is our true rescue and safety.