The elections are over, and our president is sitting in the place of authority as commander and chief. Some are celebrating, and others are mournful. Some have lost faith in this country (according to Facebook anyways) some have had their faith renewed. But no matter what camp you’re in, one thought may be dangerously close to your belief. The thought that says “the elections are over, I voted, I’m done”. But this couldn’t be any more wrong. The elections are but the first hurdle In a series of accountability checks. Whether you voted for Obama or not, the fact is he is now our president. As such he represents our country, this country, the country that you and I live in. This has many implications and all of them have to do with the fact that as citizens of the United States of America we are responsible. Yes, we are responsible to keep our leader accountable by voicing our concerns. But we are also responsible to help this country be united. This means laying aside our political prejudices and realizing that at the end of the day we are all human. All of us. Including our president. In order to lead us, he needs to know us. And he won’t be able to do that if we focus on division for the sake of being difficult as opposed to unity for the sake of our country. This does not mean to agree on everything the president proposes, but what this means is that our goal should be to build our country back up, not tear it down by petty quarrels and unwarranted rebellious attitudes. This goes particularly to my Christian brothers and sisters. If there is a time when we need to call on the name of The Lord, repent from our sins, and ask Him to heal our land, it is now. Make no mistake, it is our fault that our country is so divided and so cold towards God. Why? Because we keep pointing fingers as opposed to kneeling. We keep displaying our hatred (yes I said hatred) for a leader as opposed to loving him. We need to pray for our leader as we are commanded in scripture, but even more importantly we need to love our leader. Love does not mean automatic agreement. It doesn’t even mean automatic support. What it does Mean is that we are constantly thinking of the well being of our leader. This includes prayer, loudly proclaiming what is being done right and respectfully voicing what we see as being done wrong. I mean we all like that right? Have you ever worked for a boss that all he does is see the bad things you do? I have, and let me tell you, it’s not fun. Why is it ok then for us to get positive feedback and yet not ok for us to give it? Love looks at the whole picture. Love is patient, love is kind, we all know these verses. Yet how often do we live them out. Behold, our God (as scripture clearly states) has established His appointed. The question now remains, what will you do? Will you love Him, or will You give in to your carnal self and bemoan the fact that your choice is not sitting in the Oval Office. Rise up Christians, that’s something that people who don’t know God does. But we know that our God is sovereign and in complete (let me say that again…complete) control. So guess who you are grumbling against? We are the salt of the earth. As such we are responsible to be above reproach. The time has come to repent, and to intercede for God’s anointed. The time has come for God’s children to ask for God’s will to be done. Is God’s hand so short that he cannot direct the leader’s heart and mind like He directs the waters?
Are there any more disciples who are willing to take God at His word? No wonder the unbelievers mock, jeer, and sneer at God’s name. And we only fuel their fire! Let’s wisen up, let’s move on, lets rise up and proclaim our God as sovereign. Let’s trust, let’s repent, let’s draw near to God and love Him. Let’s let Him lead us. Lets find our joy and contentment in the one who is able and willing to give it. And above all, lets love, as our God of love, loves.
Juan Castillo jr.