Well, the election did not go the way some of us wanted, and there are varying degrees of feelings about that.
I’ve been heartened, though, to see on Facebook and various peoples’ blogs reminders that “promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another” (Psalm 75:6-7) and “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:8-9). I wonder if we would be reminding ourselves of those things if the candidate that we wanted had won? I think as Christians we can fall into the trap of “trusting in man” when the “right” candidate wins. Perhaps the Lord will use this to call us to greater prayer and dependence on Him.
And we have to remember that just because Obama was elected doesn’t mean he will automatically be able to do everything he wants to do. Study the issues, be aware (maybe even more aware than you would otherwise have been), write to him and to your representatives, using your voice and influence in those issues which concern you. And above all else, as I mentioned yesterday, pray “for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (I Timothy 2:2). If I remember correctly, Paul wrote that while either Nero or one of the Herods was in power, neither of which was conducive to Christian values. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
~ Maltbie D. Babcock
(Updated to add: Chris Anderson shared some similar thoughts but expanded to many more good ones today.)