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Hello, my name is Tim Porter and I am one of the pastors for Faith Community Church. Welcome to Faith in Life!

On Nov. 4, we will be waking up to another new reality. We will either have four more years of President Trump or four more years of a newly elected President Biden. If this election is anything like the last, this will mean that nearly half of our nation will wake up and experience loss, disappointment, and even fear for their country and the quality of their lives.

This will mean family members, close friends, co-workers, neighbors—for followers of Jesus—our mission field, will wake up to a reality they didn’t vote for. It may be me, may be you, that will wake up to a reality we didn’t vote for. We didn’t vote for this reality, because it scares us.  We don’t want to live in a world that our opposing candidate promises to bring into reality.

Let me just state the obvious for a second. Politics is so personal and so important because politics is about justice. God set up governments for justice. So when we are debating political issues, and voting for platforms, promises and candidates, we are voting for what we believe is most just for us personally and for our nation. This is why politics can be so divisive. This is why the outcome of the election will be so concerning and perhaps scary for some of us.

For some of us, Nov 4 will feel like we are going to live in a more just nation and world. For others of us, it will seem far more unjust and unsafe.

Now I don’t like to approach things in the negative, but I think this perspective helps us. No matter what our political convictions are, Jesus calls us and empowers us to love our neighbors. So, it’s good to be prepared now for how we can respond if our candidate wins, or if our candidate loses.

If your candidate wins, be grateful, celebrate and thank God.  

The Bible teaches that ultimately it is God who places people in office and God has a plan for the next four years that he is working out and it includes your candidate.  

But be aware that many people around you don’t see the vision of your candidate to be as good as you do. Out of an abundance of love for your neighbors and friends, let this other awareness, for example, shape how you celebrate on social media.  

Intentionally seek to increase in humility. See even the best of presidents is still broken like the rest of us, and there will be bad decisions with the good, and in a broken world like ours, even good political decisions still have unintended results that are harmful. Here’s some good news: Remember God promises us a just world when Jesus returns. If your candidate wins, keep your eyes on the horizon for Jesus’ return. The true king is coming, and with him comes justice for all.

What if our candidate loses?  

The Bible has all kinds of news that is good and good promises to increase our hope. Be sad, express your fears and anger to God, and increase your trust in God. God has a plan for our nation in his plan for all of history. This election hasn’t frustrated God’s plan. He is still in control. Though we might see only the harm that the President will do with his vision for the next four years, nothing will stop the good that God intends to bring about.

The Bible says, God causes all things to work together for good for those who love him. All things. I can’t think of anything that doesn’t fit all things. All things includes elections, and the decisions of Presidents, and all elected officials.  

Now this verse doesn’t promise that everything we experience is good. But it does let us know that God is so committed to our good, that even the most painful things we experience, God will work in and through them to make sure that we experience good from it.  

Because of God’s goodness, we can look into the next four years and anticipate God’s goodness to us, no matter the candidate.

God is deeply committed to helping us look more and more like Jesus, and God already knows how he is going to use the next four years to do that for you and me.  Nothing can stop God’s goodness to you and me.

Let’s anticipate good to show up in our lives in surprising ways.

Also, the greatest hope the Bible offers us is that Jesus will guarantee that justice is done for all people, everywhere in every nation for all history. If our candidate loses, let this longing for justice turn our eyes to the horizon.  

God is leading all history, every individual to an in person meeting with him at Jesus’ return. God has fixed the date of Jesus’ return and nothing will stop his return. The king is coming. With Jesus’ return comes a new world. A new world with no more pain, no more mourning, no more harm, no more injustice. God says, “I make all things new.”  n that day, the justice and the peace we long for will be established and nothing can stop it.

In the upper Midwest it’s been looking a bit like Christmas.  So let’s remember an important Christmas promise:

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.
(Isaiah 9:6-7)

God has sent his son, Jesus. Jesus has begun to work his justice and righteousness into this world. He will come again, and the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.

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