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What to do the day after Election Day

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FOR MOST OF US (REGARDLESS OF THE CANDIDATE YOU VOTED FOR), THIS ELECTION CYCLE WILL COME TO A VERY WELCOME END THIS EVENING.

 

It's been long, exhausting, and rather anxiety-producing! But as we go to sleep tonight, we take comfort in this truth: when we wake up tomorrow morning, Jesus Christ is still seated on the throne of heaven. He is still ultimate authority. No matter who will assume the position of "Leader of the Free World" on January 20, 2017 (Inauguration Day), we know that "there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God" (Romans 13:1). 

So whether you wake up happy, disturbed, anxious or elated tomorrow morning, consider this caution from the Apostle Paul:

 

 

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Romans 13:10-12

 

 

WHAT TO DO THE DAY AFTER ELECTION DAY

  1. Choose to love your neighbors (whether they voted for the same candidate as you or not).  Look for practical ways to serve and love those around you.  The world loves those who love them, but as Christ followers, we're called to love even our enemies.
  2. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of unrepentance in your heart, and choose to repent (i.e. change to walk in God's way).  We must actively "lay aside the deeds of darkness" if we want to follow Christ. Don't let others' sins excuse your own.
  3. Put on the "armor of light." You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20) and an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Reflect the light, love and message of Christ to the world around you even when culture doesn't support your values.
  4. Resolve to respect the office of the president.  Your vote may not have put him or her there, but actually God is ultimately the One who granted that authority (Romans  13:1). He/She is your president. Pray for him/her. He/She is going to need it!
  5. Rest in the knowledge that God remains in control.  Trust Him and remain  in Him, remembering that nothing is left outside of His control (Hebrews 2:8),  He "deposes kings and raises up others" (Daniel 2:21), and He is our source of stability (Isaiah 33:6).

 


 

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Look and Live

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When is the last time you were bitten by a snake?

Probably never, right?

I don't even know anyone who has a two-fang-hole scar that represents what most people fear like crazy... the slithery, sneaky, pop-up out of nowhere, beady-eyed, forked tongue, dreaded snake with it's impending deadly strike. 

If you haven't, you should read Number 21:4-9. It's a six-verse snake story/history lesson that is just a little bizarre, and I can't help being drawn to it like a wreck on the highway.

The Israelites are situated in the wilderness, doing what we all, in our flesh, do in our wildernesses: grow impatient and question God.

"The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died" (Numbers 21:6). Moses prayed and the Lord created an "antivenom" of sorts for the Israelites to be saved from the serpents. The Lord says to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live." 

Just like that, if you were bitten by a poisonous serpent, no other requirements but just LOOK at the bronze serpent on the pole and you will LIVE. Amazing!

But what is also amazing is what is NOT in the story.

What do you do when you are "bit by a poisonous snake" and your circumstances in the wilderness bring difficulty and pain? Honestly, what seems left out, is the first thing I want to do... stare at and study the bite. I want to rub it because, good grief, it hurts! I want to show it to other people and tell the dramatic story about how the serpent attacked me. I want to ask others what they did about their snake bites. Truth is, I want to Google it and post it on Instagram. 

But, somewhere in the middle of looking at and tending to that snake bite, I have missed the antidote. Jesus Christ was crucified that I might LIVE. 

When I take inventory of my wilderness snake bites, I have the clarity that only comes from the rear view mirror. I can clearly measure how long it took me to turn my eyes from the pain to the antidote. Sometimes my turning to look at Jesus has only taken seconds, minutes, or hours, but other times it has taken me days, weeks, even years to stop looking at and rubbing what hurts. 

Hebrews 12:1b-2 says, "...and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, LOOKING to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." 

Father, help us take our eyes off of what hurts and look at Jesus. Thank you that you made a way for us to LOOK and LIVE. Simply Amazing!

 

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