November 16, 2016 Carrie Kintz

Why The Election Doesn’t Change Who We Serve

Last Tuesday, we in the United States held an election to determine who will serve as our next president. As always, there were strong opinions and emotions on both sides leading up to the election and since. I heard many say prior to Tuesday that this election was the most important in our history. Others said this election will determine the future of our great nation.

Today there is much anxiety and uncertainty in our country. But beyond the rhetoric and as we move past the barrage of negativity and divisiveness of the election process, I’ve been thinking about how we as followers of Christ should be acting and reacting. What should our attitudes and behavior be like post-election?

Wednesday morning after the election results had been determined, my mind went to Daniel chapter 6. There had just been a change in leadership as Darius the Mede became the king. Almost immediately according to the text, the new king began to make changes and declarations which would have caused great uncertainty and anxiety in the land. This included a royal declaration that no man be allowed to make any prayer or petition except to the king for a period of thirty days. Violation of the king’s decree was to be punishable by death. But we see in Daniel precisely how a believer should walk regardless of who rules the nation (Daniel 6:10):
Now when Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before God, as he had been doing previously.
It’s really just that simple. Regardless of who is in charge, or what circumstances we may face, or how anxious our circumstances become, we are to continue to serve the Lord in thanksgiving and prayer just as we’ve been doing. Presidents may change, rulers may come and go in our nations, but God never changes. He is forever faithful and true. We serve Him today no matter who is in charge.
After all, His Word teaches us that it is God Himself who raises up kings and presidents. Whether we serve under President Obama, President Clinton or President Trump, we serve Almighty and eternal God.
Some of our African partners are watching elections upcoming carefully in their own nations, or they have recently had elections held. No matter. Serve God just like you have been doing no matter who is in charge. If you’ll be faithful to Him, He will alway be faithful to you.
Be blessed and encouraged this week. We serve a great Savior. — by Tom Burger