Post-Election Anxiety


Over 58 million Americans voted for Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States. Since he was not elected, there have been many anxious discussions about the future of America over the next four years and beyond.

It would be good to renew our hearts with the words of Ecclesiastes 7:13: “Consider the work of God; for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked.” Also note Matthew 6:25-33: “Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment?...And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life?...Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?...But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (ASV)

There are some legitimate concerns about embarking upon four more years under the presidency of Barack Obama, but is the following part of your concerns?

  • Will the church be a pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15)?
  • Where will we stand upon issues of morality and worldliness (Romans 12:1,2; Titus 2:11-14)?
  • Will faith hold the attention of the present and future generations (Romans 10:17; Galatians 6:9: 1 Corinthians 15:58; 16:13)?
  • Is our marriage and family going to stay intact (Matthew 19:6)?
  • Will children know more about God because of me or less (Proverbs 3:1-6; 4:1-3)?
  • Will we who are biblical stand firm on church organization, work, and worship (Revelation 22:18,19)?
  • Will I be saved (Acts 16:30)?
  • Will I be holy if unholiness surrounds me (Titus 2:11-12; 1 Peter 1:13-16)?
  • Will we make more use of prayer and Bible study (2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; James 5:16; 2 Peter 3:18)?
  • Is our teaching and example going to lead others to Jesus (Mark 16:16)?

We all must remember God is the ruler over all the nations (1 Timothy 6:13-15). He is interested in the church, you, and others. His concerns should be yours, but are they? Why not be “compliant” to his will rather than “complain” or be anxious about the unknown of the future. “Believe” what God can do rather than “belittle” and “bemoan” those who have trouble keeping their promises.