What Hasn’t Changed Since the Election

Text: Psalm 62:1-2

Our country has just gone through an unpredictable and divisive Presidential election. Our society has changed a lot over the last few decades and more changes are coming, whatever they might be. Yet there are certain things that haven’t changed since this election and they will not change.

Our Citizenship Is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20)

  • Certainly advantages that come with U.S. citizenship – we can even take advantage of it (Acts 22:22-29); but our citizenship in heaven is far more important
  • As Christians, we have been transferred to Christ’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13) – a heavenly one (John 18:36); one that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28)

The Divinely-Given Role of Government (Romans 13:3-4)

  • Different people have many opinions about what they think the government should do – Christians may even differ on some matters and agree to disagree (principle of Romans 14:1-4)
  • But the role that God has ordained for civil authorities has not changed – to punish evildoers and protect the innocent; the result is peace and freedom (1 Timothy 2:2) which aids in the spread of the gospel (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

The Problems That Exist in Our Society (Revelation 21:4)

  • Our society as a whole has been in a period of sharp moral decline (abortion, homosexuality, etc.) – sin is going to continue (Romans 3:23); will likely get worse (2 Timothy 3:13)
  • Other problems have plagued our society as well (poverty, disease, etc.) – suffering will continue (Matthew 26:11); what everyone needs is the gospel (Matthew 11:5)
  • Government cannot fix everything – we cannot look for it to do that (Acts 12:20-23); we will not be free of problems until we reach heaven (Revelation 21:4)

Our Responsibility to Be an Influence for Good (1 Peter 2:11-12)

  • This starts with remembering that we are “strangers” in this world (cf. Philippians 3:20) – must not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2)
  • We are to influence others by our actions (1 Peter 2:12) – let our light shine (Matthew 5:16); this includes submitting to civil authorities (1 Peter 2:13-14) to the degree that God allows us to (1 Peter 2:16; Acts 5:29)
  • We also influence others by our words (Colossians 4:6) – do not put up unnecessary barriers to the gospel through divisive political rhetoric (1 Corinthians 9:22; 2 Timothy 2:24-26)

Our Responsibility to Continue Serving God (Revelation 2:10)

  • The church in Smyrna was going to suffer persecution, but they needed to remain faithful – we must finish our course if we hope to receive our reward (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
  • Remember that Jesus has all authority (Matthew 28:18) – therefore, we must obey Him in all things (Matthew 28:19-20); His word trumps the laws of men (Acts 5:29); do not fear whatever might come (Matthew 10:28)

The Uncertainty of the Future (James 4:13-16)

  • James warned about planning for the future and ignoring that much of our lives are out of our control – same principle applies to the future of this country; we do not know what will happen tomorrow
  • Some have made bold statements about what will happen if the election goes one way or another – but we cannot know that (Ecclesiastes 8:7; 9:11)
  • We can only know what God has told us about our future (Acts 17:31) – we must be ready for that day

Conclusion

  • Regardless of the election’s outcome or what changes may be in store, some things have not changed – this list is not exhaustive, but these are some points that we need to remember
  • Let us not allow the future of the U.S. or the state of political affairs choke out the word in our lives (Luke 8:14) – there are far more important things to focus on (Matthew 6:33); let us be sure to focus/refocus on those things

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