What do we do now?”

It is a question that has been posed to me frequently this past week. Given the debacle known as our Presidential election and as of writing this, there is still no present winner, people everywhere are vexed and uncertain about what the future holds for our nation. For many, if the overt manipulation and undermining of our free and fair election process is any indication of what is on the horizon, then I can’t blame them for being anxious about what’s next.

However, I have to remind myself that regardless of who gets the presidency, that the mission of the Church remains the same. Although, we could say that one candidate would be preferable for the cause of religious liberty, yet the command of Christ for his Body is unchanged. For starters, we are called to continue to trust him. As it says in Psalm 62:8, “Trust in Him at all times, you people…” Whether or not it is a Trump presidency or Biden’s or a semblance of freedom preserved or rampant Socialism, God is worthy of our trust. For generations, God has preserved his people through exile, war, calamity, and even judgment, what makes us think that a change in a temporal office that somehow God is going to suddenly lose his grip? Furthermore, it is God who takes down kings and sets up kings and nothing in the cosmos can thwart his divine will (Dan. 2:21, 4:35). It is God’s sovereignty that should increase our faith in troubled times and additionally should embolden the Church because as Christ declared in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” If all hell breaks loose, through faith in Christ alone, we will stand.

The command for us also is to pray. We are called as believers to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:16) and I believe the mess we have found ourselves in is because we have ceased prayer for the most part. We have thought we could achieve success and accomplish great things without going through the crucible known as “prayer”. And yes, I did say equate prayer to being a “crucible”. Why? Because prayer is hard work and it takes effort to storm the gates of heaven, petitioning God Almighty to move in power. Let’s just be real for a moment, in these last few years we have become lazy, apathetic, and idle regarding Christ’s command to “Watch and pray”. Like watchmen, who fall asleep at their post, the enemy has snuck in and overrun our city and we are left scrambling as to what to do. However, in the heat of battle as we find ourselves in, now more than ever do we need our prayers to be hot.

Finally, we need to continue to preach and disciple nations. The Great Commission found in the gospels, still applies to us today. People still need to hear about Christ and him crucified, they still need to come to terms with their sin and confess Jesus as Lord, that remains the same until Christ returns. In fact, during trying times, the Church experiences its greatest moments of growth. Think for a moment of the 1st century, the Catholic persecutions during the Reformation, even during WWII, where believers packed into a London church to hear the preaching of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in midst of an air raid, those are but a few highlights of the Church not only enduring suffering but prevailing in it. Of course, don’t be mistaken, I am not giddy about the prospect of suffering or persecution that is sure to happen soon, however, I do know the promised power during those times and for that, I remain encouraged.

I know that many of us are waiting with bated breath as to the results of the election and how we will respond and navigate the challenges ahead. However, our Scriptural command is to trust in our sovereign God, pray and preach the gospel in season and out of season (2 Tim. 4:2). As we press onward, let’s not lose our focus by getting distracted but instead press in more to what Christ has given us and see how mightily God is going to move within the Church.

 

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