Last week our country elected our president to a second term. Many of the opposition suddenly found themselves in a state of depression. If the republican candidate had won there would have been a similar state of depression for the president’s supporters.
On Sunday, before beginning our study of Revelations, I asked the young women in my class to write a few sentences regarding their post-election thoughts, feelings, fears, concerns, and hopes. Their responses included the following.
- I could not bring myself to vote for either candidate.
- I am trying to have a positive attitude but am honestly discouraged and depressed.
- I have felt numb regarding the future of our country: jobs, family’s future, and military families. I hope God gives our president wisdom and knowledge.
- I know God is in control. I’m trying to let Him lead and guide my paths.
- I was very sad. I feel the country’s moral values and faith in God are diminishing.
- I am worried about our future.
- I have great concern. I do believe God has a plan and we must have faith.
- I hope this world will experience a spiritual awakening. Moral degradation of every kind is growing, as well as being legalized.
- I’m trying to have a positive attitude but am honestly discouraged and depressed. Ultimately God is in complete control. It’s frustrating to see a country divided on such controversial issues.
Yes, God has a plan and He is in control. His mercies are new every morning. We must trust Him. What we must no longer continue to expect of our government is the legislation of morality. It will not happen. Our responsibility as Christians is to teach morality. We must take our place as soldiers of the cross and boldly share our faith wherever we go. We must share it in love. This involves caring, establishing relationships, not being judgmental, and doing acts of kindness. We are only expected to share, not to argue. Not to become angry. Let the love and peace and joy of God in you be a star of light to lead the way to Christ Jesus and the salvation He freely offers.
There is an old Salvation Army song that says:
If all were easy, if all were bright,
Where would the cross be, and where the fight?
But in the hardness, God gives to you
Chances of proving that you are true.
Keep on believing Jesus is near;
Keep on believing, there’s nothing to fear;
Keep on believing, this is the way;
Faith in the night as well as the day.
~ Lucy Booth-Helberg
Salvation Army Song Book 773 / The War Cry July 21, 2012
This song makes me smile. How about you?