Now that President Obama has been re-elected as President of the United States, let me offer a few thoughts as a Christian to my fellow Christians living in America.
It seems to me that many Christians are disappointed about the results of the election, though not all. Regardless of who you supported, what is done is done. So here are three things we must keep in mind:
- We are people who believe that God reigns victoriously in Jesus who died, was buried, and has been raised to life. Because of this, the history of fallen creation is moving towards full restoration as new heaven and new earth. So as Christians, we must continue to be the voice of peace and hope, to speak of the faith we have in Christ, to be witnesses of this good news God has accomplished in Christ. We must not become the voice of cynicism or dooms day prophesy. For regardless of the present circumstances, we believe that history remains on a redemptive course.
- As people who have become new creation in Christ, we are citizens of heaven who have been made into one body belonging to Jesus Christ. Just as we must never allow something like our ethnicity to divide us, we must not allow human politics to divide us. Whatever we think of the results of the election, we should not think of those who think differently as stupid or anything else derogatory.
- We must pray for President Obama and pray for all those other Senators and Representatives who have been elected, regardless of whether support them or agree with their political ideology. Paul instructed Timothy to have the church offer up “prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving… for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in godliness and dignity” (1 Tim 2:1-2, NRSV). Those Christians then hardly shared the same beliefs and values as their government officials and yet they were taught to pray for them. We must heed the same instruction.
I this is helpful and reminds us to live out our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ in the coming days and beyond. Feel free to comment if you like but please refrain from any negative comments about the election results.