On November 6, 2012, President Obama was re-elected into office. I remember logging into social media accounts to watch the responses of people.
“God is still in control.”
“God will not leave His children. God is in control!”
“This election was disappointing, but God is in control!”
I seriously lost count of how many times I heard different variations of “God is in control.” No joke.
Fast-forward to now. A LOT of people are freaking out about the election.
“God has abandoned His people because they can’t pull it together.”
“We need to just pray for God to take the reigns.” (Because He didn’t have them already?)
All of a sudden, a lot of Christians have changed their tune. Hear me out; I’m not saying all Christians are like this. I’m not saying all Christians are voting the same way. I’m not even saying all Christians had the “God is still in control” reaction the first election. What I’m saying is that I noticed that, collectively, there have been a lot of differences in this election compared to previous elections, and one that I’ve noticed a lot is the reaction of many Christians.
Now let’s make something else clear: God is always in control. He was in control in 2012. He was in control before 2012. He was in control after 2012 up to the present, and He will continue to be in control forever. God was in control in 2012, and just because our presidential candidates might be less than ideal doesn’t mean that God has somehow lost his power, or given it up because things are messy.
So stop making assumptions about the kind of God we have because you don’t like how things are going. Our actions have consequences. Who we vote for, or if you’re not voting, who other people are voting for, has consequences. What presidential candidates say or do has consequences. But the consequences of our actions don’t change the character and nature of our all-powerful, all-knowing God.
What’s caused the panic? Is it the craziness of both candidates? Is it the potential to do more damage? Is it the lying? The law-breaking? The name-calling and pettiness?
Maybe a few off that list, maybe all of the above. And I get it. If our actions have consequences that are going to affect us and others, we have reasons to be thinking about all of this. Perhaps, though, our anxiousness and stress regarding our futures have led to our wrongful conclusions, or at least implications, about the God we serve. We can continue to campaign for our candidates and to vote. We can continue to take action and testify to the truth. But at the end of the day, something is going to happen, and we may or may not be entirely happy with the outcome. If that happens, has God lost control? No. What, then, do we do?
In Philippians, Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Okay, there’s a lot we can get out of this, so let’s put it in bullets. Not like my next blog is due in two hours.
Oh, crap. I have two hours to write another blog.
Anyway, back to the bullets. These are things we need to keep in mind and do:
- Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. Not when times are good. Not when times are okay. Not just when times are bad. A-L-W-A-Y-S.
- Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. I get it, things can get kinda heated during an election year. I’ve been there. But we’re supposed to be gentle.
- Be anxious for nothing. I’m not saying sit on your butt and just never take action. How many times have I talked about standing for truth? But what I’m saying is that we shouldn’t act like God isn’t there and freak out and go off on each other if something happens we don’t like. God’s in control. You know that whole cliche “Let go and let God” thing? Try that one out.
- Prayer and supplication. Ask God earnestly and humbly, all the while giving thanks to him, what you want. Doesn’t necessarily mean you’re gonna’ get it, but prayer isn’t about us getting what we want or changing God’s mind. It’s about changing our hearts and helping align our desires with God’s will.
- We don’t always know the mind of God or understand the things we do know. But God will guard us and protect us, regardless of the circumstances.
Moral of the story? We do our part. We pray. We cast our anxieties to God. We stand for Truth. And no matter what happens, God sees the end. He is still in control.