How To Respond To The Election Results

November 7, 2012 — 27 Comments

The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.

Psalm 118:24

Today is a brand new day.  I am away on business, and I have pre-scheduled this post.  I have absolutely no idea what the election results are.  Perhaps, the verdict isn’t even decided.  The polls on Monday night seemed to indicate that Barack Obama might be ahead ever so slightly, but it also appeared that the race may be too close to call.

From all the polls, the latest news, and the buzz on social media, half of the people in our country will be unhappy with the results.  And half of the people will be happy or at least in agreement with the outcome of last nights election.

I’m not so sure that God arranged the outcome of yesterday’s election.  After all, God gave us minds and free will to make our own decisions.  But I do think that God has given us a new day today.  This is the day the Lord has made.  Let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

You may or may not be excited about the policies and ideas of our president and the leadership in our country.  But you have a choice to make today.  How will you treat today?  Will you rejoice in the day that God has made?  Or will you pout, stamp your feet, and cross your arms in dismay?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Realize the blessings and freedoms that we experience in this country.  We have the right to vote.  We have so many rights and privileges that are not granted in other countries.  We are definitely blessed!
  2. Realize that you have the power to make a difference.  Just like Esther demonstrated the power to impact an entire people group through her actions, we have the ability to leave our mark – even if we sometimes feel as though we’re acting alone.
  3. Respond with honor.  Represent God and your faith with integrity in how you react to this election.  Our leaders deserve our respect – even if we don’t agree with them.  Stomping our feet may make us feel better initially, but it will eventually leave our feet sore and will fail to be productive.
  4. Commit to make a difference.  You still have the ability to impact your neighborhood, your state, your country, and the world for God’s kingdom.  That did not change yesterday.
  5. Pray for our leaders.  Whether it is the president of the United States or the mayor of your town, leaders have big decisions to make.  They face stresses that few of us could ever imagine.  They need our prayer.
  6. Put on a smile.  Sitting on your hands and frowning is not productive.  Period.  Decide today to have a good attitude.

I’m speaking to myself as I write these words and ideas.  I want to be known as a positive, respectful, and thankful person.  You and I have a choice to make.  How will you proceed from here?

What do you see in your world today?  How will you choose to rejoice today?

Jon Stolpe

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  • http://www.leahadams.org/ Leah Adams

    Although I am deeply troubled by the results of the election, I agree with you…those of us whose candidate did not win, MUST respond with love and honor toward others. We MUST ( it has never been more crucial) pray for the President and our country. God has allowed the election to go in the way it did for a reason…a purpose on the Kingdom calendar. We must trust Him totally.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      No matter who wins the election, it doesn’t minimize our responsibility as Christians to live for Christ first and to follow His Word.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    Dude, you stole my post title.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Sorry, Larry. I had no idea. I wrote and scheduled this post Monday night before I left on my business trip. This would have been an interesting opportunity to collaborate through our blogs. Great minds think a like. I appreciated your post (with the same title)!

      I’m wondering how your traffic is today. Mine is at an all time high by far. And I’m not even available to promote it. I guess I had something to share.

      • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

        My traffic has actually taken a step back in recent weeks. I haven’t spent much time promoting my blog, as I am just focusing more on a few other things. Traffic is higher than recently though.

        • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

          My traffic was about five times higher than normal and over 320 pageviews higher than my previous high. The last couple of days were back to normal, but it was pretty wild.

      • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

        And no reason to say sorry:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.shaw18 Michael Shaw

    Jon: As I read this post, I am not thinking about the election. I am thinking about Jon Stolpe, his great attitude on life, and how lucky I am to have him as a friend.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Thanks, my friend. You and I have the opportunity each day to put on a good attitude when we wake up in the morning. I try to do that (most of the time).

  • http://joeabrahamlive.com/ Joe Abraham

    Very much applicable and commendable post, Jon! You wrote it with a prophetic edge.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Thanks, Joe.

  • http://twitter.com/cupojoegirl Eileen Knowles

    Great reminders, Jon. Thank you.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Thank you, Eilleen. I’m reminding myself as much as the readers.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    I often bring to remembrance the words of Isaiah in chapter six. He begins with “In the year King Uzziah died …” so we know it’s a time of change and uncertainty. He goes on to say the hopeful words, the ones that matter every day no matter election results. “I saw the Lord seated on a throne …” Thanks for the reminder of our blessings and opportunities.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Thanks for stopping by and for the additional reminder, Tom.

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  • http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/ Tammy Helfrich

    I love this. Great thoughts.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Thanks, Tammy.

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    Respond with honor.

    We can’t control how others act or react..but we can chose how we will act.

    I chose to act with honor, to pray for my nation and my leaders. To be the change I want to see and to rejoice because my God is still on His throne!

    Great post.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Thanks, TC. Honor our leaders. It starts with you and me.

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        Yes sir it does.

  • ASwirlGirl

    I’ve read tons of “Christian” blogs bemoaning the whys and wherefores of not voting for the President and other members of his party. I kid you not, of all the blogs I’ve read, only two even mentioned what the Bible states in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, which is “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

    You didn’t provide the scripture or stress that it should be done because GOD, through His word, mandates that we do so, but you at least mentioned that it should be done. Thanks for that. In addition to praying for leaders and those in authority I’m going to pray that Christians everywhere fulfill all the mandates of scripture, not just the bits and pieces that suits them.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Great reference. It starts with knowing the Word and then acting on It. Thanks for the reminder.

  • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

    Love this. am one of the people who woke up sad. I did not have a vote (am not american) but i had a prayer and believed things would go differently. I like your 6 points. Our God is still the same yesterday today and forever. He never gets voted out – we should like that’s true, in all seasons.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Thanks, Ngina. I’m so glad that we serve a God who is a Rock.

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