Post-Election Perspective

November 7, 2012 in Theology · 0 comments

Post-election, regardless of the results, it’s important to keep things in the proper perspective:

Matthew 28.18

Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Romans 13.1

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God.

1 Peter 2.13-17

Be subject to every human institution for the Lord’s sake, whether to a king as supreme or to governors as those he commissions to punish wrongdoers and praise those who do good. For God wants you to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Regardless of who we voted for and who won, we have a responsibility to submit to governmental authority — an authority that was put in place by God. And when we encounter those with whom we disagree, politically or otherwise, how are we to respond to such “ignorance of foolish people”? By doing good. Not by arguing with them or ridiculing them, not by reveling in victory or wallowing in defeat, not by withdrawing from discussion and not by merely accommodating opposing views at the expense of our own beliefs — no, we are to do good by reflecting God’s love for the world through our lives.

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