1. God will still be Sovereign. Seated on His throne. In charge. At work. No matter who is elected.
2. God will not be surprised by who is elected. Daniel, who worked diligently for the government who had overthrown his homeland and destroyed it, wrote these words about God: He said, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings.” (Daniel 2)
3. Christ-followers will still be called to be known by our LOVE. (John 13) For each other. For the world. Regardless of party. Regardless of affiliation, color, belief system, agenda, gender, socio-economic status or opinion. Speaking the Truth IN LOVE. (Ephesians 4) Laying down our lives and taking up the cross. (Matthew 16) Loving our enemies. Praying for those who are against us. Walking the second mile, even though we are only required by law to walk the first. (Matthew 5-7)
4. We will still be commanded by God to pray for those in authority over us. (Romans 13, I Timothy 2, I Peter 2) Whether we like them or not. Whether we voted for them or not. Whether we think they are good or evil. Asking God to bless them. To give them wisdom. To help them to know Him personally. To be more concerned about their eternity than their policies. To see them as He sees them – the good, the bad and the ugly – and to love them as He loves them – unconditionally.
5. Christ-followers will still be residents of two Kingdoms – the seen and the unseen. And what we do with the unseen, eternal Kingdom will have a far greater impact than anything we can do with the one on earth. Prayer will still be powerful. Love will still be the most excellent way. Obedience will still be greater than sacrifice. Seeking God’s Kingdom first will still yield the very best results. And God will still be fully and completely trustworthy. (Matthew 6, James 5, I Corinthians 13, I Samuel 15)
6. The chief end of mankind will still be the glory of God. To live heartbeat to heartbeat for Him. No matter what our circumstances are. No matter who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. No matter who is on the Supreme Court. No matter how we feel. Life will still not be about us. It will be about Him. His glory. His honor. The things of eternity. This life will still be just the title page to an eternal story of our lives.
7. And most of our friends and neighbors right here and across the seas will still be heading for a Christ-less eternity. And we will still be the primary vessel for sharing the love of God with them. Still commanded to “Go and make disciples”. (Matthew 28) Still commanded to be the light, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5) Not to further any agenda of our own – but because God’s love compels us. (2 Corinthians 5)
8. And, finally, we can still expect to have trouble, trials and tribulation in this world. (John 16) But we can take heart, because Jesus has overcome the world. That was true in the time of the gladiators and Christians being fed to the lions. It was true in the Dark Ages. It was true during the Reformation. True during the Victorian Age. Throughout all wars. During the Holocaust. And even as our brothers and sisters around the world are suffering for bearing the name of Christ. The real battle has never been about politics. Or war. Or oil pipelines. It has never been about bathrooms. Or cakes. Or even e-mails. The war is not against flesh and blood. It is against the powers of darkness who don’t care how they divide us – they just want to shut us down and shut us up so that God’s Kingdom is squashed, squelched, and silenced. But the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in us. And we have been called to fight using the Word of God against Satan and his forces. We have been called to fight on our knees. Not with each other. But against our common foe. Because we fight on the side of the soon and coming King. For the furtherance of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. (Ephesians 6, Matthew 6)