It is an interesting dilemma and one wrought with the whole spectrum of human emotion. Much like a championship football game we have awakened today with polarized emotions. The scoreboard reads that the blue team won and the red team lost in a tight, back and forth battle. Both teams played hard and the margin of difference was minute. Except this isn’t a football game, this is our country.
So did your team win? In the course of just a few hours I have been approached by the devastated and by the elated, they live next door to each other, they work and worship together, and they are a part of America’s great future going forward. Some are very happy and some are very sad. Owning the label of a winner or a loser is probably not what God has in mind for us as we look forward together as that is much too personal especially for all of us who have proclaimed pre-election that God is in control.
So did we win or lose? Well, let’s consider this in terms of God’s call and our response to do all that was in our control to do our part for what best glorified God and blesses all those here in the good old USA and even throughout the world. God called us to pray. We prayed. Many prayed for 40 days for America: we prayed at work; we prayed in churches and small groups; and we prayed at home with family and friends. We win when we pray regardless because we put things in God’s hands, and we win when we pray regardless of whether God gives us the answer we desire or the grace sufficient for His answer.
We voted. Both the red and blue fans showed up in masses. We voted our conscience after praying. Isn’t that God’s way to proceed? We win when we vote because we exercise and apply the grace God has given us in the great freedom we enjoy here in America. We had a chance, a holy opportunity, to make our voice count and those who went to the polls, over 117,000,000 confirmed votes as I write this, did their best to vote in the way that they felt was best. When we vote we exercise our freedom to the glory of God and then put the outcome into God’s hands and our fellow Americans. We voted knowing the Christ is Lord of all and God is on the throne before, during, and after all elections, and HE IS ABLE.
Because of the promises of God there are days ahead laden with winning potential regardless of which color jersey we donned. In fact, today is the day for jerseys to be retired and to regroup knowing that all those who call on the name of Jesus as Lord are all on the same team. It is important that we pull together in these days ahead because the task before us is immense. But that is easier said than done because some are hurting and some are rejoicing and that just naturally elevates our emotions. So, how do we move forward… together? How do we move beyond our differences on issues and candidates?
We prayed, we voted, and now we must love. Love? Yep, love the verb. What good reason have I to love at this point you may ask? Because this is God’s way for God’s people who really are willing to embrace a God-led today and tomorrow. In speaking through Paul to a group of people at Corinth who needed some encouragement of living God’s way and reconciling the pseudo winners and pseudo losers we have this scriptural jewel from 1 Corinthians 13:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
Have we loved? If yes, let’s continue; if no, let’s begin. People fail, systems fail, structures fail, etc. But, God’s love never fails. This is our way forward. Let’s take those 40 days of prayer and join together for daily prayer for our country for four more years and then, when those four years are done, let’s covenant to pray together again for four more and then four more! When God looks at the field I wonder if he sees red or blue, or if God sees purple, all created to be on the same team, God’s team, for His glory. Lord, let it be so, Amen and Amen.