USA, by Becky Hunter

Becky Hunter

Finally, the week that will take us past this indescribable election season is here. For more than a year, like millions of Americans, I have been listening to disparate and despairing worlds of thought about what the candidates are really like and what having them in office might mean for this country. More than 30 years ago, President Reagan said, “We must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it's alright to keep asking if we're on His side.” Christians have spent a lot of time and energy, these many months, “discussing” which candidates are really on God’s side.

But, today, I’m reminding myself that having a country that’s on God’s side isn't wholly dependent on our leaders; each of us who identifies as Christian holds an important fraction of the responsibility. A recent Gallup survey found that a little more than 75% of the population of the United States self identifies as Christian; that’s nearly 245,000,000 of us! When most of us are praying and acting like people who know and love Jesus, this nation is on God’s side! There is really only one Christian that I can hold accountable to live that way — me! So I’ll leave it to you to think of the one believer you can hold accountable to a Jesus centered life. (:

Regardless of election outcomes, our post-election responses will matter every bit as much as casting our votes did. We Christians don’t all vote for the same candidates, so some of us are going to need to dig deep to extend an extra measure of graciousness in the midst of frustrating loss and others of us will need to make sure we don’t gloat in the victory. Whether the candidates we voted for are winners or losers, God’s got us!  And if our words and actions reflect that fact, our Christian witness will be an encouraging testimony and blessing not only to our country, but to the world! Our faith is in our God, who always can be trusted with our individual lives, and also with our beautiful country.

“Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.” - Romans 12:15 (NLT)