Nov 14, 2012 2:12 PM
Moving from disunity and discord to unity and concord
Now that the dust is settling on one of the longest, costliest, most rancorous and divisive election campaigns in U.S. history, it’s time for Americans to take a well-deserved break from the toxic political climate and refocus on the things that unify us and make our country the envy of the world.
Regardless of how one personally feels about the outcome of the election, be assured it is what God gave us. The results were not a surprise to Him, nor have His plans been altered. We now have the opportunity to find joy in our present circumstances and trust God for the future.
But what does this look like? For Faith Driven Consumers, we are called to be salt and light within a culture increasingly hostile to Christianity and to fulfill our role as peace-makers and reconcilers in a deeply divided nation (2 Cor. 5: 18-19). As we see in Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Given this, what can Christians do to help America move beyond the disunity and discord and encourage – through our actions – a climate of unity, concord and repurposed thriving?
Beyond knowing that peace, comfort and joy for Christians are not dependent on election results or events in the ever-changing world we temporarily call home, we can rest in our call to simply and obediently steward well the good gifts God has entrusted to each of us.
One of these good gifts is the call to prayer. In Jeremiah 29:7, we are taught to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city” and to “pray to the Lord for it.” By humbling ourselves before God, seeking His forgiveness for our sins as a nation, and interceding on its behalf, God brings unity to the body of believers and heals our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Three ways Faith Driven Consumers can help unify our nation
1. Continue to vote on a daily basis.
While election day has passed and our votes have been counted, the election process never ends and the opportunity to vote remains. In fact, every choice we make in life matters and has consequences—including those we make in the marketplace. Every decision we make, every action we take, is a vote cast for one kingdom or the other. In our daily decisions we either vote for the kingdom of the “prince of the air” or the Kingdom of God. Thus, how and where we spend our treasure matters – as does the way we steward our time and talent. What “votes” will you make today with your actions and choices?
2. Pray for our president and leaders.
The Bible calls us to pray for those who are in authority over us. 1 Timothy 2:2 urges us to “pray for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” Prayer gives us the patience to persist, the grace to move forward in love, and the strength to continue stand on what God has called us to do as obedient stewards.
3. Stay the course.
As Faith Driven Consumers, Paul teaches in 2 Timothy 4:7 to fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith. He reminds us that winning is not our end goal – whether in political elections or in our daily lives. Instead, God calls us to remain faithful and obedient to Him until the end. No election will alter God’s sovereignty nor change His eternal truths. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize and run well the race we’ve been called to run.
While many Faith Driven Consumers find themselves discouraged by the divisiveness and outcome of the 2012 election, ultimately our hope and rest is found in Jesus. By pressing into Him during this challenging time, we are encouraged knowing that our faithful stewardship of daily choices, prayers and dedication to stay the course help bring healing, unity and concord to the nation we love.