Election day has finally arrived. We have never encountered a political campaign like the one we have endured. Decisions about who will hold what offices nationally and locally will finally be determined. Those who have been running for the highest office in the land have certainly not brought honor and dignity to the process. Their flaws have been on vitriolic display. Their fitness for the presidency has been ruthlessly questioned.
In January, one of them will be taking the oath of office. What do we do now?
I think a sound approach is to put into practice the words Paul wrote to the Romans. The apostle who would be executed by the empire believed that believers had a responsibility to live out their faith regardless of the circumstances (see Romans 13:1-7). But more importantly, he gave a blueprint for what that faith should look like.
In Romans 12, he provided a baseline: “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God for all He has done for you. Let them be living and holy sacrifices, the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (12:1,2).
He amplified his encouragement with specific actions and attitudes. It seems o me that our focus is clear. Our highest allegiance is to the One who saved us and calls us to be salt and light in this broken, dark world … and to pray persistently and work fervently so that Jesus will come again soon!