This election is FINALLY over! Now that it’s all said and done I wrote down a few quick thoughts. I hope they encourage you today!
1. Our hope does not rest on the shoulders of our new President, Donald Trump.
Do I “hope” he surrounds himself with great people and that he does a great job? Of course I do. I just refuse to pin all my hopes/dreams for our country on our President. That is too much weight for any person (Republican, Democrat, etc) to carry. The lyrics I use to hear in church is a good reminder:
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness..
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand;
2. Commit with me to pray for President Trump.
Even if you didn’t vote for him!!! Pray for wisdom, courage, strength, and that he will end up being a great President. He said that he wants to be a President for ALL people. I pray that expressed desire becomes reality. That’s what best for him but it’s also what’s best for you and I.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
3. Don’t believe everything you hear/see in the Media.
Most know that to be true but after seeing the election end up the exact opposite way the media swore it would – it became glaringly apparent.
4. Do NOT allow a politician you’ve never met to ruin a friendship with someone you’ve known for years.
I love that I have so many friends who voted for someone different than me. We can discuss and disagree but at the end of the day – our friendship is still intact. You can disagree without disrespect. That’s important to me and I hope it’s important to you. Not only for the obvious reason but also for the next…
5. Never sacrifice your influence on the altar of politics.
Alienating people who think differently than you causes Satan himself to stand up and cheer. The message of Jesus is far more important than the message of your preferred political party. I’ve heard it said that you can make a difference or you can make a point but you can rarely make both. I want to make a difference.
PS: There are many who are hurt, scared, and confused as a result of this election. I hate that and I wish I could change it immediately. I do want you to know that regardless of where you come from, what you believe, or the color of your skin – my family and the Freedom Church family love you and will walk beside you. We always say that “We’ve Got Your Back.” We mean what we say.