A Prescription for Post Election Unity

 

A Prescription for Post Election Unity

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Aren’t you glad that God is in control?

If you allow anxiety over the election to steal your peace then you are focusing your attention on the wrong thing. God is at peace and in control. Place your focus on Him and know that He is not surprised by the election. He knew all along that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic candidate and Donald Trump would be the Republican candidate. He even knew that Donald Trump would win the election. God didn’t wake up surprised on Wednesday morning, November 9th, saying, “Oh My God” to himself, “I can’t believe what just happened!” The current governing authorities are in the will of God and we as believers must accept and even embrace what God has in store for this next season.

Below are a few scriptures and practical tips to push you in the right direction as believers.

1. Pray for the President Elect “I urge, then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Tm 2:1-2) Pray for Donald Trump and those he will appoint. Pray for his peace, his relationship with God, his holiness, and decision making. Also pray thanksgiving that he is in office as God has allowed this to happen. Pray for Hillary Clinton who is grieving her loss Pray for President Barack Obama and all those who will be transferring power and transitioning out of public office

2. Place yourself in the other’s shoes “But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Co 12:25-26) Be empathetic for those who are feeling fear, loss, and true hurt over the loss of the election. Especially for parents who are explaining what happened to their children and minorities who are feeling vulnerable. Be especially empathetic toward many immigrants who are completely fearful about their uncertain future and the anxieties many are voicing because of the possible break ups of their families. Be willing to congratulate those who are happy about their candidate winning. Strengthen yourself enough to say “congratulations” even if the victory is not yours. Even though it is tough to lose, there are many who are cheering. Don’t be too sore of a loser. Say something nice and then you can go home and cry off the field.

3. Pray with “thanksgiving” and peace will come “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Ph 4:6-7) “I urge, then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Tm 2:1-2) Be thankful for our freedom to vote Be thankful for our country Be thankful for that God knows what’s best Find something to Thank God for during this time Worry will keep you imprisoned to anxiety. Pray will lift you above your situation and thanksgiving will be the key that unlocks the door to your peace!

4. Promote unity, but don’t ignore what causes disunity “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive ”text-decoration: underline;">whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Col 3:12-14) We must promote unity. This unity comes through airing our grievances and then being willing to forgive. There are true grievances that many groups of people have. We cannot shove these grievances under the rug and dance in unity on top of it while still ignoring what’s under our feet. Not talking about race, systems of oppression, or the hurts and fears that many feel in our country is not going to make the pain go away. Division doesn’t come because hurt people talk too much about their pain. Division comes when those who are not hurt deny and/or dismiss the pain that, at times, they themselves may be inflicting. Yet, a forgiving spirit and a humble spirit can help overturn grievances into real solutions of healing.

So let’s promote real unity through conversation, relationships, forgiveness, and standing for justice together.