Millions of Christians are disappointed because your candidate did not win and perhaps you are fearful about the future of America as well as your own future under a new administration. The truth is, I have never been more optimistic about the future of our country and for our church than I am today. Although there is going to be a change in the one who occupies the Oval Office, there is going to be no change in the One who occupies the throne in heaven. The great God we serve is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
I would like you to consider four aspects of God that have not changed as a result of the election.
- God’s sovereignty has not changed. (Psalm 103:19)
When we talk about God’s sovereignty, we are talking about God’s absolute control over everything that happens in the universe. Nowhere does the Bible teach that God has a Plan A and a Plan B depending on the choices we humans make. God has one plan that governs all of His creation. It is a plan that was formulated before the creation of the universe and was broad enough to include Lucifer’s rebellion against God, Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden, the slaughter of thousands of Hebrew babies in Egypt, and even the crucifixion of God’s own Son.
Ephesians 1:11 says that God works all things according to his “will”—singular. God has one plan for everything that happens His world—and “all things” includes elections.
God’s plan for our nation and world includes the election of Joe Biden. Does that mean everything in our nation will be great? No, but it means that God’s will for our nation—whatever it is—will be accomplished.
So what should be our attitude toward our new president?
Unless our government leaders ask us to do something contrary to God’s will, we are to obey our leaders—regardless of their party. And we are to pray for our leaders—whether we voted for them or not. Trust me, people are watching to see whether we believe what we’ve been saying to others for the last four years about obeying and praying for leaders we don’t like.
- God’s love for you has not changed. (Romans 8:31-32)
The late Speaker of the House, Tip O Neill, used to say, “All politics are local”, meaning people’s concern about government is how government will affect them. That means many of you are wondering how a Biden presidency will affect your life. Perhaps you are fearful that his policies will keep you from getting a job or keeping your job; you’re concerned about a stock market crash and what it would do to your 401k; you wonder about the value of your home; you wonder if there will be increased lawlessness that will threaten your security; or you’re concerned about the possibility of a restriction of your religious freedom, and even the possibility of persecution of for your faith.
God has a sovereign plan for your life—a plan that along with good things includes some hard things, including loss, persecution, sickness, loneliness, and death.
But the Bible tells us that the God who is in control of our lives is a God of love. And if you have trusted Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, you are a child of God who has a loving heavenly Father watching over you.
The fact that God allowed his own Son to be tortured and executed on a cross to provide for the forgiveness of your sins and that Jesus Christ says He has a grip on your life and refuses to ever let go, means that you have nothing to fear.
- God’s promise of Christ’s return has not changed. (Matthew 24:36)
For two thousand years, Christ-followers have tried to predict the time of the Lord’s return to earth—even though He said no one except God the Father knows. But what is often overlooked in this verse is that there is a precise year, a month, a day, and hour written in indelible ink on God’s calendar when He will say to His Son Jesus Christ, “It’s time!” And nothing that happens here on earth—including this election—is going to accelerate or delay that year, month, day, or hour that Christ will return to reclaim this world for Himself.
That’s the good news: Jesus is coming back again. Now, here’s the not-so-good news: The Bible predicts that before Christ’s return we are going to experience “terrible times” (2 Timothy 3:1).
One theologian describes the three phases of a moral revolution in society:
- What was condemned is now celebrated.
- What was celebrated is now condemned.
- Those refusing to celebrate are now condemned.
Of course, what he is referring to is the inevitable persecution that comes to any individual or church that refuses to celebrate what God has condemned. As individuals and as a church, we should be prepared for a time of intense opposition to our faith (John 16:33).
But this promised time of pressure and tribulation is just a prelude to something tremendous—the return of Jesus Christ.
- God’s mission for the church has not changed. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Two thousand years ago, before He ascended into heaven, Jesus gave His followers their one mission that should be the sole focus of our time and energy until He returns again one day (Matthew 28:19-20): Win as many people to Christ as you can and help them follow Jesus in every area of their lives before He returns.
First Baptist Church Dallas is a battleship that, like other churches, has been sailing in some pretty calm seas for the past four years of a faith-friendly administration. Now, we are probably going to be entering some choppy waters, but we have nothing to fear at all. The election has not changed our mission, and it certainly has not changed the Captain of our vessel, Jesus Christ, who promised, “Upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.”