What should be done now that Mr. President has won another four years in the White House? How should this affect our actions and attitudes?
In brief: It shouldn’t.
If something affects our actions and attitudes in a fundamental way, that thing should be of fundamental importance.
There is a concept that Christians seem to be exceptionally fond of stating and much less fond of applying.
We are NOT of this world. This world is NOT our home.
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. (1 Peter 2:11)
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; (Philippians 3:20)
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 17:16)
No fundamental truth of our existence has changed. God is still God. God is still good. You are still not God. God has still called you to be agents of true change in this world.
Obama ran on change in 2008. Romney ran on changing Obama’s change in 2012, but we as Christians know where actual change comes from. Change does not come from an act of will, it does not come by political force, it comes through one agent acting in one way alone; The Holy Spirit bringing conviction. And we have been given the privileged duty of bringing this message.
In as much as this country is disintegrating, in as much as Obama or Romney could change its outcome for the worse, our responsibility to the outcome is whole obedience to God’s will.
We have the change that everyone is looking for. We have the solution to our increasingly rampant social ills. In as much as we are not sharing the Gospel when we can, the outcome and nature of this nation is our fault. In as much was we have been being utterly obedient to God, we have done as much as is possible.
The world will not end unless God allows it. This country will not end unless God allows it. And while both of those are possible, I stand certain that if God allows it, then I can withstand it by His power and grace in me.
Instead of responding and reacting to this news as if God is not in control, we as Christians should understand and be firm in the fact that regardless of the outcome of elections to determine earthly authority we are sure of the source of all authority and we are equally sure that events occur either because He intentionally brought them to pass or allowed them to occur. Our mission of being the taste and presence of God on earth is in no way aborted or changed.
So don’t hope for the world ending to escape Obama’s authority. Don’t threaten to move because he was elected. Absolutely do not loose focus on God and His will for your life…both in the large strokes of major decisions and in the minute details of how to respond to an election.
In this season our identity is presented with more clarity than in most times. Check your identity. Ask God to bring it into line with Him, that your definition of self would not be in your president or your political ideology, but rather on the perfecter of your souls, the author of your salvation, Jesus Christ. Depend on God for everything. Live on mission for Christ.