Now what? Moving forward after the election.

It has been a week since our nation went to the polls for the 2020 election. What a week it has been!

Even as local, and most state, elections moved forward as usual, the presidential election is still tumultuous. One side claims victory, while the other side claims it has been cheated. And here we are, just trying to live our lives as best we can for God’s glory.

In the midst of these times there are a few things to remember.

1. We do not know all the facts.

As much as we may think we have a grasp on what has gone on, the truth is we really do not know. Perhaps, you think the election was fairly won. Perhaps, you think scandal is afoot. Opinions are swirling and media outlets are all spinning the story however they can to fit their narratives and to keep viewership climbing. Yet, most of us have no real knowledge of what happened.

Let’s be careful that we remember the scripture admonishes us to know the facts before speaking and that we are responsible for lies we carry, even if we did not know they were lies at the time. In our world of social media and constant conversation, it can be very tempting to speak before knowing, but no matter how much it may be burning within us, we don’t have to speak on every subject.

2. Our duty doesn’t change with elections

Our nation may or may not have a new president in January. Regardless, the duty of the believer has not changed. We are still called to love, serve, pray, and do all the things we were doing before the election. Our mission remains the same, let us stay on course.

3. Now is the time for peacemakers

I do not need to tell you that our nation is divided. We all are aware of the division, malice, and anger that is running rampant. However, we are not called to be a part of fueling the flames of divide. Our role, is to be peacemakers.

Peacemakers seek to speak and act in ways that will bring healing to divisive situations. There has never been a time when this role of the Christian is more needed than now. Pray that God will show you how and when to speak and act. Look for extra ways to show the love of God to those around you in the midst of these chaotic times.

4. Our nation needs prayer

No matter if there was fraud or not, millions of Americans absolutely did cast their vote in support of many things that go against the very nature of God. Even Christians have voted, and acted, in ways that are far from what the Bible teaches. While there is a responsibility upon church leaders to better teach a Biblical worldview, there is also something you can do.

Pray for our nation. Pray for our leaders. Pray for church leaders. Not just about this election, but about the moral rot that has become the norm. We need revival and we need it now.

None of us knows what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future. Let’s rely on Him like never before!

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