5 Ways Christians Respond to the Presidential Election

The Christian Response 

Regardless of your views on soon-to-be President Trump, all of us Christians have explicit commands and expectations for the next four years. 

1) Care

Please do not accuse any Christians who deeply care about the election of not believing in the sovereignty of God. A Christian can greatly care about the government he is under without having to be accused of denying the Kingship of Jesus. 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 says, 

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

Notice why Paul commands us to pray for national leaders: so that we can live peaceful lives. Paul says we ought to care about who leads our nations. It is commanded that we desire and ask for a country we can raise Christian children in comfortably. Paul never insinuated that desiring good leaders is somehow an attack upon the sovereignty of God. 

2) Remember who is King 
Closely related to that, one can go overboard and put too much hope in Government. Paul told us to pray for comfortable lives, but Jesus told us not to be anxious for tomorrow. Thus, we should care, but regardless what happens, we should be a people of great hope and joy. For we know God works all things after the council of His will (Ephesians 1: 11), that no plan of His can be thwarted (Job 42:2), that all leaders are appointed by God (Romans 13:1), that God works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), and that Jesus has the ultimate authority over our government now (Matthew 28: 18) and that the government is on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). Do not despair, God has not lost control. His plans are being accomplished. 
3) Pray

See the verse from 1 Timothy above. Praying is a command. Our feelings about our elected and unelected officials is irrelevant. We are to pray for and love them. Pray for Donald Trump. 

4) Obey

Romans 13: 1, 

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”

The Bible is clear: we are not free to be disobedient because we do not like our government. This is why Paul told one of his anointed pastors to teach this in Titus 3:1,

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work…”.

Now, Peter is explicit that we obey God over man every time (Acts 5: 29). This is not a blind, unbreakable obedience. But overall, we must obey the laws of our nations.  The same Peter who spoke in Acts 5 said this, 

1 Peter 2: 13-16, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”

5) Honor

Peter did not stop at obedience and submission. Peter also said to “honor the Emperor.” Do some research on who that Emperor was and what he was doing to Christians. I promise, he was worse than Trump or Clinton. Yet, Peter commanded honor.

Yes, honoring is obedience, but it goes further than that. Sin never permissible. Hatred, gossip, malice, envy, etc. may not be directed toward Donald Trump. Love your neighbor, even your presidential one, and remain faithful to God’s Word, no matter the consequences.

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