Now What?

Yeah! The election is finally over. Your guy or gal either won or lost. We can finally get back to what’s really important.

Is that too harsh? Maybe so, but consider this lesson from 1 Thessalonians.

As I read through 1 Thessalonians the word imitator jumped out at me.

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:6

For you brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:14

Paul was commending these believers for being godly copycats of Jesus, of himself, and of the persecuted church in Judea. These Christians were living out their faith so well that words were not needed to describe their belief system. Their actions said it all. They even did this well under persecution.

Whether or not our guy or gal won the election, we are called to be imitators of Christ. Whether or not our country is headed in the right direction, we are called to be light in a dark world. one_nation_under_god-content-1-still-16x9

We can take a great lesson from the book of Daniel. Daniel was an Israelite serving as a high official under several Babylonian kings. Throughout the span of about 70 years, he never once followed the cultural norms. He didn’t compromise his beliefs nor did he follow laws that forced him to live contrary to God’s word.

No one person is in charge of a country, regardless of what the world says. Rather, God is in charge of it all.

He considers all the nations of the earth to be nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven. He does what he wants with the nations of the earth. No one can hold back his hand. No one can say to him, “What have you done?” ~ Daniel 4:35

God does what he pleases. He is in control. While we wait for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, may we each be imitators of Christ. May we live our faith out so well that people know our God without having to say a word. May we choose to stand for Christ regardless of any persecution that comes our way.

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