11/10/2016 12:36:05 PM
Why I have been at peace throughout the election
I did a bad thing this week... I ventured onto Facebook (though I knew what to expect) and I was bombarded with hateful, worried, depressed, angry, and upset posts about this election. And then I turned on the news… and I saw that anger being unleashed on the streets in protests. Where is the peace? Those people who are posting on Facebook or protesting in the streets—they don’t have peace. Are you one of those people? Where do you find peace?
This post is for all of you who feel worried and upset about this past election and its results. I can tell you with confidence that I was at peace before the election, during the election, and still am at peace knowing the results of the election. At the end of this post I pray that you can all be at peace as I am.
I want to tell you right away that for various reasons I did not like either candidate. I was frustrated with our choices for president. I saw immaturity, hate, lies, indecency, and deception. But that does not change the peace that I have and feel right now.
I am at peace…
…Because Jesus gives us a peace that the world cannot give.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
These were the words Jesus said to his disciples before he left them to go up into heaven. Soon his disciples would be facing all kinds of trouble—persecution, suffering, death. Jesus would no longer be physically with them. Yet they could have peace, because the peace Jesus gives is different than peace the world gives.
The peace Jesus gives doesn’t depend on harmony between countries or races or families. It doesn’t break with when tempers flare-up. It isn’t disturbed by broken plans. The peace Jesus gives always stays the same. His peace calms our troubled hearts and makes our fearful hearts confident. What is the peace Jesus gives? Keep reading.
I am at peace…
…Because I am saved.
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:4-5
Why I am at peace is because I know who I am and I know who Jesus is. I am a sinner forgiven by my Savior Jesus Christ. My identity is founded in him. I know I am no better than Trump or Hillary or anyone else in the world. I am a sinner who deserves to be punished for all eternity for the offenses I have caused against God. As a sinner before God I was not at peace—I was fearful and worried and angry. Sin separated me from God and made me his enemy. I deserved only his wrath and anger from him. But then enter Jesus… He took my pain and the entire punishment I deserved for my sins. The punishment he endured brought us peace. Yes, it doesn’t just bring me peace, but it brings you peace because the wrath of God was directed off of you and placed on Jesus.
I am at peace…
…Because all those in authority are God's representatives.
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” – Romans 13:1
I have peace because I know God has placed our new president in office and every president before him.
What the Roman people were going though at the time these words were written was much worse than what you think we have now. The Emperor of the Roman Empire at the time was Nero. Nero was a sadistic dictator. He didn’t just say horrible things—he did horrible things. He persecuted Christians like none other. He fed them to lions in the arena. He impaled them and lit them on fire to be his garden torches. Although Nero was this kind of character and although he did all those things, Paul tells the people that Nero was God's representative. Therefore, respect him.
Before the election, I would have respected Trump or Hillary as my president, because they would be God’s representative. Since Trump has been elected I will respect him. Because I trust in God and his representatives (no matter what kind of person they are) I have peace.
I am at peace…
…Because Jesus is King.
“[God] raised [Jesus] from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything.” – Ephesians 1:20-22
I have peace right now because I know that Jesus is King. He is ruling over all things as we speak and his rule is a good and gracious rule. All the events of this election have been in his hands. Nothing has been out of his control. And he promises to carry out everything for our good. Whether Trump makes good decisions or bad decisions as president, I know God’s got this. Anything that God allows to happen in our lives and in our country—whether it be good or bad—it is for our good. I am at peace because though I may not know what the future holds, I know who holds the future.
I am at peace…
…Because I have heaven.
“Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” – Philippians 3:20-21
I am at peace because I know where my final destination is—heaven. As a familiar hymn goes, “I’m but a stranger here; Heav’n is my home. Earth is a desert drear; Heav’n is my home. Danger and sorrow stand Round me on ev’ry hand. Heav’n is my fatherland; Heav’n is my home. Therefore I murmur not; Heav’n is my home. What’er my earthly lot, Heav’n is my home. And I shall surely stand There at my Lord’s right hand. Heav’n is my fatherland; Heav’n in my home” (CW 417 I’m But a Stranger Here).
Through the eyes of faith I see the bigger picture. That picture goes past this world and this life. What a wonderful picture God paints for us of heaven: “Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:16-17).
I am at peace and you can be too. Whether or not your candidate won, you can be at peace. Whether or not you think Trump is capable of running our country, you can be at peace. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future. Keep your thoughts and minds on the bigger picture. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
I am at peace.
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