7 Ways We Should Respond To The 2020 Election Results
The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.Psalm 118:24 (NIV)
Today is a brand new day.
Last week, I wrote about 4 Keys To Being A Politically Active Christian. Today, I’m continuing on the topic with thoughts on how to respond to the election results.
In less than 23 days, we will learn the results of the 2020 election here in the United States. Will President Trump keep the presidency, or will Joe Biden be the next President of the United States. Regardless of the outcome, I have some friends and family who will be extremely happy about the outcome while other friends and family who will be saddened, unhappy, and even scared by the same outcome.
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 is arranging the outcome of the 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 and in the days that follow the election. 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 next 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?
How to Respond to the 2020 Election Results
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 will not change following the election.
- 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.
- Reach across the lines of division and be a unifier instead of a divider. This is one of the nastiest elections in my memory, and I’m sure our media and social media haven’t help the situation. Regardless, of where you fall on this election, it’s time we all learn to reach across the lines of division. It’s time we learn to listen to the voices of those who are different that us – in our opinions, in our beliefs, in our skin color, and in our socioeconomic status. “Making our country great again” depends so much more on you and me than it does on our next President.
- Put on a smile. Sitting on your hands and frowning is not productive. Period. Decide today to have a good attitude.
“Regardless of who wins, an election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches.”Gary Johnson
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?