Yesterday’s historic election has come to a conclusion. American citizens have spoken at the ballot box, and we have an unprecedented result. Despite pre-election polls indicating a Hillary Clinton victory, and even exit polls yesterday affirming the same, Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States.
As I mentioned Sunday night, whether you are celebrating a victory, mourning a defeat, or confused and hurt from the last several months of campaign rhetoric, now is the time to yield to the democratic process and support the president-elect. He needs our prayers as he attempts to pull together a nation divided by class and education as much as it is by race and social mores. He needs our prayers because he will be out of his depth relative to his lack of experience in governing. And, he deserves our prayers and respect because, according to St. Paul, “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1). It is a daunting time for our nation, but it is also a time of hope and opportunity.
But, friends, above all the rise and fall of leaders and kingdoms, the transfer of power and the influence of political parties, lies our hope in the resurrection, in the New Heavens and New Earth that Jesus will inaugurate with His return. This glorious reality doesn’t detract from how we live our lives as citizens of the United States. Rather, it informs our lives as citizens because we are meant to engage, to be God’s presence, His aroma in our neighborhoods and our businesses. We are meant to be filled with the kingdom of God and resurrection hope so our lives will be marked by something more, something different.
So be ready this week to be a person of peace, a person of hope. We don’t do that out of our own goodness. We do that by the Holy Spirit whose fruit in our lives is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.