Are You Happy or Sad about the Election?

One of the amazing aspects of the presidential election in America has been the number of people who are very happy and the almost equal number of people who are very sad.

Whether you’re happy or sad about the election, here are some things we need to do.

First, remember to pray for all those who are in authority. Paul made this clear and plain: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way” (1 Timothy 2:1–2).

Second, don’t trust in princes (Psalm 146:3). That strange language comes from Psalm 146, a psalm which specifically states we can’t put our trust in human beings. Neither great men nor princesses are to be the source of our hope.

Many people are putting their hope in princes or princesses, but our hope is in Christ alone. To trust solely in humans is to fail; to trust wholly in God is to succeed.

Third, seek to make the Constitution and our republic stronger. We have been given tremendous blessings in the United States of America. We have freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. And that’s just in the first amendment to the constitution. What tremendous blessings we have been given. We must do all within our power so we continue to have those blessings and so that we can share them with the rest of the world.

The number of nations that have the freedom to practice their religion openly is very few in number. We must not take this for granted.

Finally, as important as this election was we must remember that there are many things – – not just one or two-– which are more important than this election.

Day by day, people’s eternal destiny is at stake. Those who trust in Christ will live eternally in heaven; those who die without Christ will be eternally separated from Him.

Whether you are happy or sad about the election, hug your family a little tighter, pray more fervently and urgently, and look for every opportunity to give a reason for the hope you have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. — Isaiah 53:3-4 (NIV)