The votes have been counted and the political landscape for our nation, state, and county have been laid out for at least the next two years. After what has likely been the most expensive and divisive election cycle in American history, a large question remains for American Christians: “Now what?”
An informal analysis of Christians with whom I have personal contact reveals something very telling. As Christians, we are equally as divided over the outcome of the latest election as is our whole nation. This demands prayerful attention.
Today we are truly a nation divided. The victory of
was enough for him to remain
in the Oval Office, but likely not enough for him to be able to garner the
unquestioned support of the nation. In addition, a Republican-controlled House
and Democrat-controlled Senate mean that the next few years could prove to be
bitterly divisive on Capitol Hill. The fact is, after a bitter and expensive
election cycle, the only thing we have changed is that we know who won and who
lost. Tragically, we are still bitterly divided and we face large decisions
amid this division. If ever there was a time for national prayer, it is now. There
are some key things that Christians can, and must, do. Obama
First, we need to put an end to the divisive posturing. We may disagree on matters of policy, biblical interpretation, and the role of government. Thankfully, we live in a nation where such diversity of opinion is not only permitted, it is encouraged! Yet, we fail to serve
Christ when derogatory terms
are used to degrade the humanity of people with whom we disagree. Likewise, to
pray for—or promote—the failure of governmental leaders is unhealthy for us all.
Second, we need to put an end to the hatred. Hate is not a Biblical virtue. It is generally borne out of the insecurity of fear and distrust. Clearly, the latest election cycle has generated a tremendous level of fear, hatred, and distrust. It will take a lot of prayer to overcome these bitterly engrained emotions. If we are honest—and I think this is a time for us to be really honest with ourselves—most Americans are extremely distrustful and fearful of what the “other party” is going to do to our beloved nation. It is time that we all started talking with each other, rather than talking down to, and insulting each other.
Third, Christians share in our humanity regardless of political affiliation and it is time to embrace one another as brothers and sisters in the faith. There is no reason for supporters of Obama to gloat in the midst of his win and there is no need for supporters of
Romney to anticipate the end
of the world as we know it. Neither response represents the faith of
Finally, we Christians need to seriously work together for the good of
Christ. We may disagree on particular matters of theology, politics,
or biblical interpretation. We may not always agree with one another’s
expression of Christian faith and that is ok. It is still a nation where
freedom of religion is vital. Pray for our nation and our elected leaders. Pray
for our leaders to be guided in God’s Spirit and for our nation to be healed in
God’s love. Pray that we can once again truly be one nation under God rather
than one red and one blue nation.