Election aftermath

This is not intended to be the somewhat obligatory, post election comment about “God is sovereign” so let’s just smile and get over it!

  1. I’m glad I live in a country where governmental change occurs in a peaceful, non-violent way!
  2. I’m glad for freedom of religion: (the first amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”). I am not forced to worship in a “state church” where my conscience would be violated
  3. I’m glad for freedom of speech: (the first amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”). I can freely express my religious views, my political views, and even my sporting views (Go Vikes!).
  4. I’m glad for the freedom to assemble (the first amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”). This right enables us to gather weekly for worship!

I’m also reminded of my responsibility as a Christian towards governing officials:

1 Timothy 2:1-3 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior …

We are to:

  1. Pray for them: “… supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority”
  2. To this end: “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”
  3. This is God’s will: “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior”

We are also to respect those who govern (“honor to whom honor”).

Romans 13:1-7, Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”

I’m also cognizant that there is an election that is more important that the voting booth election.

1 Thessalonians 1:4, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God

Hallelujah for a Savior Who died for lost sinners (such as I!) and for the grace of God!

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