We have a new president. This past Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States of America. In my short life as a registered voter I have not witnessed an election that was more divisive and embittered as this one.
You may not have voted for Biden and are still disappointed by the outcome of this election, but I agree with former vice-president Mike Pence, now is a “time to build up and a time to heal.” I pray that Christians will embrace the admonition of the apostle Paul, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men,” Romans 12:18.
I think many who call themselves Christians placed far too much hope and trust in the outcome of this presidential election. If there is any lesson to be learned for believers, it is we cannot put our hope for a better tomorrow in the fickle process of politics. To protest a political loss is a waste of time.
Billy Graham once said, “The central issues of our time aren’t economic or political or social, important as these are. The central issues of our time are moral and spiritual in nature.” The truth of that statement cannot be over-emphasized.
I think many who call themselves Christians placed far too much hope and trust in the outcome of this presidential election. If there is any lesson to be learned for believers, it is we cannot put our hope for a better tomorrow in the fickle process of politics.
I will use abortion as an example. While I believe our laws should protect the most vulnerable and weakest of our society, such as the unborn, the practice of abortion does not exist merely because it is legal. Abortion exists because those who practice it are not spiritually grounded in the belief of the sanctity of life and do not feel any moral responsibility toward the life of the unborn.
While I would welcome a change in the law so that the unborn are protected, I would welcome more a change of heart that leads to life. And that is why the Church is more important than any government we may elect, because the Church has the only message that can change the human heart, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So, in the wake of Biden’s inauguration where does that leave us as Christians. We have a source of aid more powerful than any human government mere politics can elect; it is prayer.
Paul told his son in the faith, Timothy, “First of all then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity,” First Timothy 2:1-2.
A wise man once said, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes,” Proverbs 21:1. Political protest did not stop the inauguration of Joe Biden; I think our time would be better spent praying to the One who controls everything.