Pastor's Corner

9 Nov
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Mid-Week Challenge

Some of you had a late night last night.  In the early morning hours it was announced that Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.  To most, his victory comes as a shocker. The press was totally caught off guard and even a few of his supporters seemed to be pleasantly surprised as the evening unfolded.  No matter what party you supported all of us should agree that now the real work begins.  Work to bring unity and healing of the divide that seems to have been caused in the last eight years. 

 One huge step in bridging the gap is expressing humility.  Like him or not, in his victory speech this morning, Donald Trump was very humble and appreciative of his experience during the election process.  He expressed his respect for Hillary Clinton and acknowledged her years in public service.   In turn, when she addressed her supporters this morning, she was humble and gracious.  As a symbol of unity her entire team wore purple to send the message of a desire to work together in the future.  Prayerfully, in the days to come we hope both of these two leaders will maintain this attitude.   

 I hope their example will go a long way toward those who have been very vocal in their opposition of our next president, especially some of our evangelical leaders. During the campaign we saw several pledge not to vote for him under any circumstance, others said that because of the two choices they would not be voting at all.  Early this morning many of them took to Twitter and their blogs to express their dissatisfaction with him being elected but vowed to pray for the nation and success through his time in leadership.

 For those Christian leaders who continue to ride the fence in their support of Donald Trump, my prayers go out to you.  The way Christians should view this outcome is God has shown us great mercy and grace by allowing the more conservative and prolife candidate to win.  No, he is not our champion of causes, no president will be.  In a two party system we must support the one who most closely aligns with our values.  I think for many of these leaders the issue goes back to that word: Humility.  Many of our evangelical leaders took to Twitter throughout the campaign and downed Trump at every turn.  No one thought he could win, but he did just that.  Now, those who opposed him are left with a choice, swallow their pride or await his first slip up.  If they chose the latter, is it pride or maybe they are just embarrassed.  Proverbs 16:18-19 warns us: Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.

 There are no spoils to divide here.  The very future of our country is at stake and we as Christians need to have influence with those who are in leadership.  That is why we are warned is scripture to live at peace with everyone.  Maybe it is more embarrassment.  In a “Twitter-type” prophetic statement King Solomon warned us not speak ill of the king because our words might be reported to him. 

 Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say. Ecclesiastes 10:20

What we put in print or think in silence never goes away.  In the days to come let us be more mindful of the power of our words.  And for all America, today is a day to celebrate!  We should lay before the Lord in humility recognizing that He has given us a window of hope for the future.  Praise be to the Lord for giving us another chance to make an impact on the world He has us in by the simple fact we woke up!  No matter what side of politics you are on, pump the breaks and realize what a huge blessing today is for all who call upon the Lord.    

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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