My brain is just wired weird. I’m convinced of that. Whenever I am deep in thought about something, I pull an Alice. “Oh, my. What a peculiar place to have a party!” And down the hole I go. My thoughts take me on a roller coaster of what ifs and oh mys. And before long, although I’m certain I’m not chasing a white rabbit, I really have no clue what my original thought was that took me on such a journey.
Such is the case this morning as I sat at my desk pondering Election Day 2016 and all the what ifs and oh mys. Down the hole I went in a crazy, free-falling spiral of thoughts that left me nowhere. Well, actually, somehow I ended up googling The Poseiden Adventure and watching Gene Hackman preach to the people to save themselves and then ultimately hearing Maureen McGovern belt out, “There’s got to be a morning after.” Seriously, y’all.
But here’s the truth: Unless Jesus returns tonight, there will be a morning after Election Day 2016. And a morning after the morning after. And a morning after that. And a morning after that. The outcome of today does not determine our future. Our future has already been determined long before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton entered the picture. Regardless of who you voted for and who ultimately secures the presidency, we, as followers of Christ, are still victorious. And the real question becomes not what the new president will do, but what will you and I do? Because the truth is this:
Today’s trouble is but a test of tomorrow’s faith.
So on the morning after, our response to the results of the election should echo the Truth we claim to know: Jesus Christ is still on the throne, and now more than ever, we need to go to work to share His love and grace with a world who desperately needs to know Him.
If we know Him, we will make Him known… regardless of how the election turns out.
If we know Him, we will make Him known… we won’t contaminate, but instead will contribute.
If we know Him, we will make Him known… we will love more and give more.
Pray now. Pray hard. Pray without ceasing.
Our response the morning after matters.
If we know Him, we will make Him known.
Through it all, through it all, it is well.
Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on you,
And it is well with me.”