A Christian’s Guide to Post Election!

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Win or loose, it’s over!  If you are like me, you are glad the election is over!!!  If your candidate won, congratulations, if she lost, the sun will still rise tomorrow.  I can’t beleive I’m quoting our current president, (you know I’m not a fan of his), but he was right when he said we are now all on the same team, we’re all Americans and the future of our country depends on what we do now.

 

I personally believe that our country has been moving in the wrong direction for a long time and I truly believe God is giving us a second chance to turn our nation around!  So as a Chrisitan what is our responsibility to make that happen?  I have been praying and thinking about this for a long time and I have a Five Part Plan for us that serve Him!  I would invite you to join me on this new journey.

 

1.  PRAY FOR AMERICA.   The single most powerful tool we have as believers is to submit our cares and concerns to Him.  We need to pray for the new leaders of our country, the newly elected members of the House and Senate.  We need to pray for those that lost their races, this can be a powerful time for them to reevaluate their lives and if they do not know Him a wonderful time to start fresh as children of  God.  Never forget that our first and foremost duty as believers is to lead others to Christ.  We must never let our differences to keep us from doing that.  Remember He said, “Pray for those that curse you.”  After all Jesus forgave those that crucified Him as he hung on the cross, He set the bar very high for us!  Which leads to:

 

2.  FORGIVE THOSE THAT HAVE HURT YOU.  It’s very easy to make a long list of how those on the other side of the political isle from us have supported and pushed for things we abhor and detest.  We must seperate the policies from the people.  Jesus died for all those political folks we detest, He DIED for them, can we not forgive and pray for them?!  Sorry, you have no choice, if you truly have given your life and heart to Him, He demands this as obedience to Him.  Tough yes, but it’s what is required.  You probably know this already, but forgiveness is the most powerful force we have at our disposal, loving others starts with forgiving them!  You can’t love others with Christ’s love until you are able to forgive them!

 

3.  GET INVOLVED!  I have a confession, I’ve been too busy to take part as a patriot for my country.  I’ve been preoccupied with too many, less important, things.   I will find ways to get involved in my local, state and national politics, I will stay in touch with my representatives, and local officials.  I will speak out on issues that concern me and will find ways to stay better informed.   I’ve been lazy, and all of us that have followed that path have almost lost our country, I won’t make that mistake again!  It is called a “Representative Government”  for a reason!  I’m a representative of Jesus Christ, I will be involved as He would be invovled.  I will support the military, our police and first responders, I will show them the respect they so richly deserve!

 

4.  I WILL WALK AWAY FROM WHAT I DETEST.  If liars make me angry, I will not lie!  If cheaters make me angry I will not cheat.  If I find people with bad motives detstable,  I will get rid of my less than pure motives!  Reform and change starts with the man in the mirror,  I’m going to make sure that I can look myself straight in the eye and know I’m not part of the problem!

 

5.  LOVE, FAITH AND CHARITY, BUT  THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE!  Christ proved that the greatest force in existence is LOVE.  We can’t hate those we love, we can’t pray for those until we can forgive and love them.  We must ask God to help us have real love, His Love in our hearts for others, and start all our converstions with the acknowledgement that we truy care for those we disagree with.  We can come together, when we are commited to love one another. Trust starts with love.

 

Let me give you a practical example of what I’ve just shared, and how this all came to me.  Watching TV last night I saw the large crowds of protestors in several major cities, protesting the election of Trump.  My first reaction was anger.  Then I watched more closely and saw most of these were young people, and when questioned about why they were marching most didn’t really know or repeated pre-determined talking points.  When I was that age, I did stupid things to, and then went home and was straightened out by my father.  I started to pray for them, to ask God to open their eyes to what a wonderful country we have, how compassionate our country is, and to learn to love it and work within the system.  I found my anger begin to settle and my compassion rise, I think that is what God wants from me!  I’m tired of being angry, hurt and distrustful, I want to try a better way!

 

Blessings & God Bless America,

 

the pilgrim

13 Responses

  1. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks and God Bless

  2. Brad Mikel says:

    Bill,
    Your insight and love for our country and our God are nothing short of amazing. We too have had anger at the demonstrations and media suppression of our president-elect, but as even Obama said today, we are all on the same team and need to work together, not as enemies, but as allies to right the wrongs in our nation. I’m happy at the outcome, and pray that we can indeed all give the man a chance, and work with him to succeed. God Bless America.
    Brad

  3. Steve Hurst says:

    I was very impressed with the Presidents remarks about how we were all Americans and that we need to President Elect Trump a chance to lead. I am not an Obama fan and Trump was not my first choice but I pray that he can lead this country back to where it is Great Again but for America to be really Great we have Spiritual issues we need to deal with and you hit that well. We need to pray, really pray for our country. Then we need to show our faith by our works as you said by being involved. The silent majority spoke up this time but we need to speak up all the time but in love. As always you have hit it head on. Of course I understand why your record is so good, you have some help from one that always is right. May the Lord richly bless you my brother.

  4. Doug Berg says:

    Well said Bill. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. These are thoughts I am planning to include in my daily life. Will also share your post with my friends.

  5. Bob Lieber says:

    Inspired words my friend and a great guide to move forward. God Bless.

  6. Ron Longwell says:

    Thank you, Bill, for this post. All I can say is a hearty, “AMEN!” Being gracious in victory is sometimes as difficult as being gracious in defeat, but it is what we must do. Blessings to you, my friend.

  7. Johnny Boyd says:

    A great write my friend but how hard #2 is going to be.

  8. Gert says:

    Hi Bill,
    I think you said wise words.
    I hope if I may add some things from the netherlands. It are just two verses from the Holy Bible.
    These verses I think must govern our lives and that of any president:
    Phil2:3 Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from cheap desire to boast, but be humble towards one another, always considering others better than yourselves.
    Rom 12:1 So then, my brothers, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him.
    Text from the Good News Bible. because I didn’t have a King James version at hand.
    Greetings form the Netherlands,

    Gert

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