Now What?

Now what? I’m sure many, maybe some of you, are excited about the results of the Presidential Election. For me it’s more of a sense of relief tempered with caution.

It would not surprise me that the results will be heralded a victory from pulpits all across the nation for Believers. And maybe it is. We can assume that future Justices for the Supreme Court will be aligned with our way of thinking. We can assume that 2nd Amendment rights will be protected. We can assume that the war being waged against Christians will diminish or possibly stop. We can assume that abortions will be reduced. But let me caution all of us, assumption is the lowest form of knowledge.

There is nothing wrong with these things I have listed, unless of course you believe the opposite and today is probably not a good day for you, but they are not the most important thing we should be concerned about. Quite frankly, even if the election would have turned out differently, the most important thing we should be concerned about and working toward would not have changed.

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Let me for a moment remind those that would favor an election based on the popular vote that this morning would be a much different morning if that were the case, based on the current vote tally available. I think it would be wise to remember that, at this moment, it appears the majority of the American electorate disagree with the results of who won. Maybe we should give thanks to the Electoral College, which is so misunderstood and disparaged, and especially to the men who were led to create it.

No matter what the outcome of the election would have been, as followers of Christ our main objective would and does remain the same: Tell about and show people the love of Jesus Christ.

Look at Acts, Chapter 10. There is so much in this chapter, but someone pointed out to me recently that one of the things she was reminded of was that God has not only chosen us but tasked us to tell others about Jesus.

Cornelius, a centurion in the Italian Regiment, was a devout, God-fearing man as was his family. He had a vision of an angel, who told him that his prayers and actions have been noticed by God. The angel tells him to send men to Joppa to bring back Peter. Cornelius does as he is told and sends three men. As the men were on their journey, Peter falls into a trance and has a vision of a sheet being let down and it contained all kinds of four-footed animals, reptiles and birds. A voice told him, by the way the things this voice says in my Bible are in red, the voice said, “Get up, kill and eat.

Then a voice told him, Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”  The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”  This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.  Acts 10: 13-16 (NIV).

Peter being Peter, immediately says, “Surely not, Lord! I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice, again in red letters, tells him, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” And because Peter is Peter, it happens three times. As a side note, can I get a Hallelujah from my fellow bacon lovers?!?!

As Peter is contemplating what this meant, the men sent by Cornelius arrive. The Spirit tells Peter that the men are coming and to go with them without hesitation. The next day they leave to go to Cornelius and when they arrive they find not only Cornelius at the house but also his relatives and close friends. Peter inquires as to why he is there and Cornelius tells him of his vision. Peter realizes why he has been sent there and begins to share the Gospel, as he is speaking the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the message. Cornelius, his family and friends would be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Wouldn’t it have been easier for the angel to tell Cornelius about Jesus rather than sending someone all the way to Joppa to get Peter? Sure it would have been but that’s what Jesus commanded us to do not the angels. Besides giving Peter, and us, permission to kill and eat animals that were considered unclean, Jesus also showed him that salvation was available to the Gentiles.

Do we need to have a vision like Peter had? Are there people we consider “unclean” or “underserving” of the Gospel? Be honest, are there people we just right off when it comes to sharing Jesus? Wouldn’t it be easy to put the supporters of the election opponent in this category?

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28: 18-20 (NIV).

Remembering that assumption is the lowest form of knowledge; which assumption is worst? Assuming someone has a relationship with Jesus, so we don’t talk about Him, only to find out while we are still here on earth or possibly when we are in Heaven, that they didn’t know Him? Or assuming someone doesn’t know Jesus, we share the Gospel only to find out that they are followers of Christ? The answer is easy, the latter may cause us some brief embarrassment but the former is tragic.

So while it would be tempting to revel in an election victory won, after all it’s only natural or human to let our guard down and assume everything is going to be alright, we must remember that  the task Jesus gave to all His followers has not stopped, nor will it until He returns. People need Jesus, they desperately need Jesus and we need to share Jesus. Don’t assume that people know, not even your closest family and friends. You never know. How often are we shocked or surprised when someone we assumed was a follower of Christ comes forward and makes a profession of faith?

Jesus came, died and rose for everyone not just for us.

Stop assuming and run to the Cross!
Hugh

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