48% of Americans woke up this morning disappointed in last night’s election results. It is certainly ok to be disappointed, but I did notice that the sun rose right on schedule and will most likely show up tomorrow as well. I was hoping for a different outcome on several elections and ballot issues, and I am disappointed. However, I am not in despair. Sitting in my office, I opened my bible and read the passage that Paul wrote to the church of Corinth. It is a good reminder to me this morning.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT
Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. 14 And everything you do must be done with love.
Be on guard.
We must be on guard against anger, criticism and anything that could corrupt our hearts. There will be many voices in the next few days predicting gloom and despair. Proverbs 18:21 says there is life and death in the power of our tongues. As followers of Christ, we are called to speak life to our country. We are not called to predict its death. I say our country will be blessed and continue to be a beacon of light to the rest of the world. I believe our country will turn its heart to Christ and great numbers of people will discover God’s grace.
Stand true to what you believe.
I have principles that govern my life and my family. I decided long ago that I would not negotiate with anyone on these principles. The phrase “stand firm” is found eight times in the New Testament because first century believers knew firsthand the opposition and death they faced for believing in Jesus. I have finally concluded that not everyone will love or even respect me for what I believe. Still, I will stand true to what I believe. I believe that Jesus is the son of God who came to the earth and died for my sins and then was resurrected. I believe in the authority and truth of Scripture. I believe love is more powerful than hate and I believe God is stronger than my enemies. I believe the local church is the hope of the world and that my marriage to Pam is for a lifetime. None of these things are negotiable to me.
Courage happens when faith replaces fear and hope replaces despair. I am not courageous because I believe so much in myself. I am courageous because of my dad in heaven. I remember as a little boy how protected and safe I felt when my dad was near me. The schoolyard bullies did not seem so intimidating and the night did seem so dark when he was around. Today, my God is near me and I feel safe. Therefore, I am courageous.
God does not have a problem with strong Christians. He actually prefers them. Weak and passive believers have rarely made a difference in the culture. Our world needs us to be strong. We should share our views in the public square. We should certainly take a stand on moral issues, especially to protect the unborn, to defend the widows and orphans and to help the poor. Of course, we are strongest when we give God control of our lives. When we are weak, then He is strong in us and through us.
Everything you do must be done with love.
God loves strong believers, but has zero tolerance for mean ones. “Everything” means “everything”. The world is watching us right now to see if we will attack. Instead, let’s choose to serve humanity, not curse them. Love wins every time. I am convinced that grace and kindness makes up the mortar that builds and sustains the Kingdom of God on the earth. Loving God and loving our neighbors is still the sum of all the law and the greatest of all commandments.
God bless our country and God bless our new president. I pray the Holy Spirit would guide and direct him every day as he tackles the issues that face our country.
November 5, 2008 at 1:50 pm
thank you for your message of hope. God did not give us a spirit of fear. He is still in control even when things do not go our way. In fact, I’ve found He is able to mold me in His image much more through adversity than in prosperity.
November 5, 2008 at 6:03 pm
Thank you, Pastor Brady, for keeping us on the right path. I honestly believe that we need to stand behind and support our new president. But we need to remember what matters: that God is really in control and should be our guiding force.
November 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm
Pastor Brady, thank you for sharing an honest, Biblical and responsible perspective to the recent General Elections. You helped me and I in turn am going to help my church this Sunday by sharing some of your thoughts, and Dr. George Wood at http://www.ag.org. He taped his response to the elections on Oct. 27th. It’s pretty awesome too .
Thanks, and blessings.
November 9, 2008 at 10:21 am
Don’t we think God is on control? I do. No matter who is the president, God is still in control.
November 10, 2008 at 9:42 pm
I have really enjoyed your blog. I really respect a man/person who can stand up and say:
These are the principles/values that I live by and they are non-negotiable. Those words are so encouraging to me Pastor as I, I must say, was very dismayed by the election results. My heart was broken. I wanted to see my candidate and his running mate in the office of the Presidency so bad that I could think of nothing else.
It was not until recently how idolatrous that began to feel and sound to me.
Thank you for your insightful perspective on the elections. Those words are very timely to me and are helping me accept things the way that they are. Our God never looses control of anything.
Tom Oatman – San Antonio, Texas
November 11, 2008 at 6:42 pm
Thank you so much for your uplifting message here, Pastor Brady. I feel very strongly about praying for the President-elect and his family every day because after all God chose to put him in that position – nobody else. And maybe it is for us to learn something from this, at least that we are not in control.
Birgit Miranda, now in Portland, Oregon and still a NewLifer 🙂
November 22, 2008 at 10:36 pm
I am from Gateway Church and I was sent your blog the day after the election and boy what a great way to look at it ALL,,,,,,I passed it to all my family and friends and all was enlightened. It’s great all the great things God is doing at New Life
Miss yall at Gateway..
November 7, 2012 at 8:49 am
The following is a favorite of mine. It comes from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and is appointed as part of the Evening Prayer service.
A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority.
Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite; Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, and all others in authority, that they, knowing whose ministers they are, may above all things seek thy honour and glory; and that we and all the People, duly considering whose authority they bear, may faithfully and obediently honour them, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
The prayer doesn’t change based upon who is in the office. There’s something about this kind of steady-handedness that I admire.
November 7, 2012 at 8:53 am
What has changed though in the last four years is an increased awareness around something along the lines of this:
November 7, 2012 at 9:11 am
Thankyou for your counsel to The Body of Christ. On the way home from the hospital with the realizaton that my husband was gone, I heard so clearly, “In the day of adversity consider” My question to God on that surreal drive home at 2:30 a.m. was “Are you angry with me.?” When things don’t go the way we expected, it is time to be still, to know that He is God, In the day of adversity to consider…..To seek His heart on the matter, and to submit under His mighty hand, and in due time He will exalt the righteous in the land, though it might not be until we are on the other side of eternity, as is the case with martyrs. God was faithful to meet me this morning in prayer and through His scriptures and to download some of HIs strategy in the days, weeks, and months ahead. If there is ever a time for HIs Bride to be set apart, fully consecrated to Him in our heart, soul, mind and spirit, it is now….May HIs Glory arise even as great darkness hovers over many places in this nation. Standing strong, because He is the Strength of Israel, His people, by faith, by the Seed of Promise.
November 7, 2012 at 9:48 am
“I am convinced that grace and kindness makes up the mortar that builds and sustains the Kingdom of God on the earth. Loving God and loving our neighbors is still the sum of all the law and the greatest of all commandments.” this portion really cemented my thoughts during my quiet time this morning. thank you for your writing.
November 7, 2012 at 10:20 am
As I have been pondering this morning, I am feeling a call to fast and to mourn for three days for our nation. Some principles I have learned are found in stories in the OT. We see a time of fasting as well with Esther, as instigated by Mordecai. The fast was to have the people of God, Israel delivered from a death decree to destroy the Jews from what appears to be the workings of the spirit of the antichrist. When Jonah took a message of repentance to Ninevah, (after his own fast in the belly of the great fish for 3 days) the king of Ninevah, called the nation to fast, both people, and beast, herds, and flocks. As a sign of humility I will fast for three days, and my animals will fast with me in the mornings and eat at noon. Mourning and fasting always precedes true repentance. Without grieving and seeing our sin individually and nationally from God’ perspective we will continue to roll in the mud. When we see it from HIs perspecitve and what it cost His Son through a horrific crucifixion, and all he endured on the way to the cross, I believe we will cry out in an anguishing prayer. The prayers of the brokenhearted He will hear, this I know.
November 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Thank you, Pasture Brady. Since the first time I got to visit your church I have followed your post. They are the most encouraging and uplifting. Although my son and daughter in law continue to go to New Life, I was only a visitor while my son was in Iraq. God had given you something that I needed, you have brought me back to where I had strayed so long ago. Thank you,