The election is over, the campaigns are over, some are overjoyed, some are extremely disheartened. Many are bragging as if their team just won the World Series, while others are grieving as if their life is over.
If you voted for Trump, this is not a win for your team and a loss for the other team. And if you voted against Trump, this is not the end of the world. This is only the election of one man. Yes, he is a very powerful man, but that doesn’t change who you are and what you believe. Therefore, my prayer is that no matter where you stand, politically speaking, you will see this as an opportunity for honest discussion and as a chance to learn from others, even from those with whom you disagree.
And if you are a person who cannot possibly understand how anyone could vote for a particular candidate (on either side), find out. Engage in meaningful conversations with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. This is one of the beautiful realities about living in the USA: We have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and even freedom of opinion. And while we are divided on worldview, we are not divided as image-bearers of God, so I encourage everyone everywhere to treat one another with respect as fellow image-bearers of God.
One last thing I want to point out and direct specifically to Christians is that this is not a win for the church. In fact, this will be a loss for the church if we believe that Trump’s election is a win for God and that anyone who did not vote Republican is anti-Christ. God’s church does not depend upon the government for her strength, for the church is founded upon none other than Jesus Christ. Regardless of who is president, our mission as the church does not change. Listen to the words of God to the church in Ephesians 2:19-22:
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”