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Take A Deep Breath

Election 2016 has been one that rivals no other one that I have seen.  I would not be forthcoming if I didn’t admit to doing some hand-wringing and fretting about how things will look come January 20 when our 45 president will be sworn in.  The problem is that I’m looking at the human side of things instead of trusting in the truth of God’s word.  I needed to take a deep breath. 

My pastor helped me to look to the Bible for the truth of what the election outcome will mean to me as a Christian and a ministry leader.  He did not do this by telling me who to vote for.  If we read our Bibles we will know how to vote.  In it God lays out His truth and a road map for living out our faith in this world.  I can also pray for wisdom and He will give it.  Instead he told us how to look at our government and its leadership.  We can find the truth in Romans 13:1 “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”  The government is established by God.  The president will be put in power by God.  This does not mean that every leader is a good one with Godly values.  We can look throughout history and know that is true.  We are called to be in subjection to our governmental leaders no matter who they are.  This is a hard one to swallow if we do not appreciate what they stand for but we are commanded to do it.

There is only one exception to this rule and it is if our government calls us to disobey God.  There are many examples of when men and women had to stand against those in power so as not to disobey God.  We can find examples of this in Exodus 1, Daniel 1, Daniel 3, Daniel 6, and Acts 4-5.  There was a price to pay for each of these instances and also blessings from God for those who did.  We will have to accept the consequences when and if we are called to take this same stand in the future.  It will, however, be worth the cost to obey God over man.

So how will I do my job as a pregnancy center director if the president is pro-choice?  The same way I have been doing my job every day that I have been doing it to this point.  I will read God’s word, continue to do what it tells me is right and trust God for the rest.  We have had many pro-life presidents, congressmen, and senators who have not seen to it to that abortion would be outlawed just as Supreme Court justices have not overturned Roe v Wade.  We cannot just trust men to get that job done.  We need to lean on God and to pray for a change in the hearts of all people to respect life again.   This would be life at every stage and for every person with no exceptions.

What a blessing it is to know God is in control.  Who could manage this world without that truth? No Christian should be wringing their hands and fretting over this election (myself included), instead we should pray.  Pray for this country we love.  We also need to live out our Christian testimony.  If we worked on this we would not have time for the other nonsense.  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 Amen!  Julie

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