Today, our country stands in the aftermath of the most contentious and confusing political election in recent history. We feel that it would be wrong for us to ignore this moment; however, we also want to remind our readers that the mission of God’s people is larger than one election in one country. We have written that missionaries do not have the option to choose a time to minister in. We are God’s people for this moment. If you want to read what we have written about living missionally in the moment, you can click on these articles.
Today, we want to provide several point for missional living:
1. We should not be triumphant –
The Bible admonishes to “seek first the kingdom of God.” (Matt 6:33) As a Christian, our hope is in Christ alone. His kingdom and his righteousness should be our only hope. In the words of the apostle Paul, “I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world.” (Gal 6:14)
Today is not the day to beat our chests, but rather to demonstrate that our hope and joy in Christ alone.
2. We should not despair –
If your candidate lost last night. It is important that we do not forget that the hope for us (personally and collectively) has always been in the Lord.
I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Our help and hope comes from the Lord, not from any political party or politician. God’s plan has not been thwarted by last night’s results. Take your disappointment to the Lord and remind your soul that he is your hope.
3. We need to intentionally seek to bridge the gap in a divided country–
We have been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18) Our responsibility is to bring people together, not push them further apart. In Christ, we, who were once enemies, are brought into God’s family. As Christians, we should pursue a similar goal.
In a divided country, those on the outside feel further away from the middle than they did before – disenfranchised, ignored, and neglected. The only way forward is to listen to those who are different and seek to mend the division. To be Christian, is to set our minds on being one body. We should weep with those who weep.
4. We must respect and pray for governing authorities –
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (1 Tim 2:1-2)
Remember this verse was given in a context of persecution and active abuse by government. As Christians, we have a responsibility to deal honorably and respectfully toward our democratically elected leaders. The primary Christian way forward is on our knees. Today, and everyday for the next 4+ years, pray for Donald Trump and others who will lead our country.
Father in heaven, today we bring our nation before you.
Many are hurting – heal their pain
Many are celebrating – fix their eyes on Jesus alone
Use this moment as a catalyst to advance your mission and use Donald Trump, and other leaders, as Your instruments for good and blessing.
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com