Post-Election Observations

King Jesus reigns (1 Timothy 6:15).

Our Creator is providentially sovereign (Romans 8:28).

His subjects are called to pray without ceasing (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we eagerly await our Savior (Philippians 3:20-21).

God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).

Many of us have not been talking in the last 16 hours (or 21 months, for that matter) from a spirit of power and love and self-control.

King Jesus said, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).

We are to pray, “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:2).

Many of us have not been typing very godly and dignified messages with our keyboards.

If King Jesus reigns, I can pray for Barack Obama and his family (as well as every other person in high authority, whether I agree with them or not), and continue to live, talk, and interact with the peace which surpasses all understanding.

Our unbelieving family members, friends, and co-workers–as well as our own children–are watching how we handle jubilation and disappointment. The impressions I make today will shape the opportunities of tomorrow.

“God bless America” is not the default mantra of Christ’s disciples. As Christians who happen to live in America, our motto is, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Modern Americans continue to yearn for a savior who will atone for their mistakes and keep them safe from the terrors of evil.

That thirst will remain until human voting is done, once and for all. There is a thirst that only Jesus can quench.

His disciples have work to do. We have the best news this planet has ever heard.

If I singlehandedly register 10,000 people to vote in my lifetime, but neglect to tell them the “good news,” I’ve wasted my life. I’ve been but a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I irreversibly influence every person on earth to adopt my political philosophy, but fail to do so from a heart of love and a life of service, I am nothing.

It’s time to walk the walk and talk the talk. Complaining will not bring people to Jesus. Grumbling will not expand His kingdom.

If darkness approaches, let it come. The light of Christ will shine only brighter. If a golden age for America is ahead, let it come. We will use our freedom–not as an opportunity for the flesh–but for loving service and determined proclamation.

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.

There’s work to do.


On a side note, as an American, I think it’s pretty cool that my daughters will never remember a time when this…

…was an impossible dream.

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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