Blood Ballot


 
It’s been a week since our ballots were cast. It’s been a long, exhausting election cycle. We’re all tired, of it all. Keep that in mind in the next few months through this transition and the current turmoil.
With all of this unrest in our Nation, we need to find our peace in Jesus. Regardless of our political views, we need to remember the big picture: people need Jesus. We need to face this disunity in the United States with the only thing that’s important: showing the love of Christ and getting them to the Cross. Your political views mean nothing—you represent Who Jesus Christ is to the world, unashamed. That is your sole (soul) mission. What is coming for eternity is more important than any ruler in the next four years.
Are they seeing Him by the way you’re acting, or have acted, through this election cycle? In your support for one candidate over another—have you done so in love? Our Nation has been divided over the past few years (many could argue it’s always been divided); which side of the argument are you? I don’t mean politically or socially—I mean spiritually. Because if you’re letting any anger or bitterness in the outcome take hold, you’re not winning anyone to Christ. And that’s the real (and only) objective. We could all be called Home tomorrow, is this (or any) argument worth leaving people behind or even you being left behind? “Let God deal with the things they do, because hate in your heart will consume you, too.” (Thank you Will Smith) [1 John 3:15]
I dare say that the extremists on either side of the political aisle don’t represent the majority of the actual people that voted that way. But the one thing they all have in common is that they are in desperate need of Jesus. Jesus flipped tables (Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-18) because of the disrespect of the Temple; He didn’t flip people. He loved people. We’re missing the whole point.
Remember, we are blessed to live in the United States of America. Many people across the world would love to have a choice in their leaders. They would love to be able to speak out and assemble against their leaders. They would love to be able to speak out about their beliefs in Christ. We take our freedoms for granted. We ARE ‘One Nation under God, indivisible…’ we best remember that united we stand, or divided we will fall. When you look back on our country’s history, we have been through 57 (I think I counted that right) Presidential elections, and we’ve made it through each of them. We will make it through this one as well. We’ve made it through war, disease, civil liberties and social justice; we will get through this period, too. Your neighbor, coworker, friend, family member that voted differently from you is also a child of God, your brother/sister in Christ; and above all else, that is more important than the ballot they cast.
Regardless for whom you voted, please continue to pray for each of our leaders: for protection like Daniel, guidance like Moses, wisdom like Solomon and love like David. And remember that no matter who our President is, Jesus is our King; our one true Ruler. (Psalm 22:28, Psalm 103:19) So pray that President-Elect Trump allows Jesus to reign. Then we’ll all win. (Romans 13:7, 1 Timothy 2:1-3)
Verses to Remember and Study:
Judgment: Matthew 7:1-5, Luke 6:37-42, John 8:1-8, Romans 2:1-3, James 4:11-12
Love: Matthew 22:39, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:8,1 John 4:7-8
Loving your enemy: Proverbs 10:12, Matthew 5:44-47, Mark 12:31, Luke 6:27, Luke 6:31-36, Romans 12:14
Government: Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13-17
Unity: Mark 3:24, 1Corinthians 1:10, Ephesians 6:12

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