Whether you ‘won’ or ‘lost’ in this Presidential election, America didn’t sink into the deep abyss of theocean. There wasn’t a massive fire ball from heaven that consumed us all, and God wasn’t taken aback, and left wondering what happened!
Today, we are still One Nation and still Under God. The question lies with Indivisible…
You see, today, we are all still Americans. Sure we have different opinions and beliefs; we have different viewpoints and priorities that we believe make up this nation. But somewhere along the line, we have bought into the lie, that our ‘team’ must win, and even better, at the detriment of the other ‘team’. From our recliners, we teach our children to not just throw the touchdown, but to sack the competition. And then we wonder why people are pushed around for wearing the wrong jersey.
“If you’re reading this, it means we survived.”
Paul wrote in Romans 15:5-7, “May the God, who gives endurance and encouragement, give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify God.Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” You see, we’re not supposed to treat our neighbor like we think they deserve. Even treating them “as they would do to you” isn’t enough, as most people have a less than positive outlook on their own lives. What we must do, is pray to have the mind of Christ, accepting one another just at Christ accepted each one of us (even when we ‘rooted’ or ‘played’ for the other team).
Today, some of you woke up ‘winners’ and some woke up ‘losers’. But, as followers of Christ, it is imperative that we rise up as Indivisible! This doesn’t mean we agree on everything, but that we stand together, united as the body of Christ, with one mind and one voice to glorify God!
This is what brings Him praise. Not our agreeing on hymns or modern worship, not KJV vs NIV, not whether your sin is worse than my sin, and not whether your candidate won or lost. I heard a preacher once say on why Christians fight each other so often, “Tragically, it’s because we think the Christians down the street are the enemy. It’s only when we recognize we have a common enemy that we are united.” And to that, I would even substitute the generalized ‘neighbors’ for ‘Christians’. Regardless of whether you believe your neighbor is a Christian or not, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers not of this world.”
Today, we must stand together. As the old hymn says, “We are one, in the bond of love.” Indivisible, unified, united! Knowing that regardless of who won or lost this Presidential election, our hope is still in Him. And He still has a future and a plan for all of us!