What should Christians do the day after an election?

Imagine my surprise to wake up today and find out through facebook that, for ever so slightly less than 1/2 of America, we have fallen into an end-times apocalypse. While, at the same time, for ever so slightly more than 50% of America, we have just insured our temporal salvation…at least for four more years.

My 1500 Facebook friends are mostly Christians. How did we, the followers of a messiah who repeatedly refused to be a political deliverer, decide to look for salvation through the vote? How does a group, whose original identity was the anti-empire exclamation: “Jesus is Lord!” end up equating our political system with religious truth? Our original creed was a stark rebuttal to the “Caesar is Lord” mandated to be shouted as the emperor was carried across Roman roads. And yet today we look for salvation through the empire.

We would do well to remember the message that Peter preached, “Salvation is found in no other name under heaven.” (Acts 4:12)

We have a missio-dei, a mission of God that transcends our secular mission. It is a mission of thought, and mouth, and hands and feet. Imagine this: What if every Christian invested every dollar that was spent on elections and candidates on the poor, the downtrodden, the alien and sojourner, the unborn and the young single girl carrying them…what if we did that?

What if we took a page from the playbook of the early Christians? In 362 C.E. the commitment to society by Christians was so obvious that when Emperor Julian launched a campaign to revive paganism he realized the enormous challenge he faced in trying to win people’s affections back from the devotion of Christians. “When the poor happened to be neglected and overlooked by our priests, the impious Galileans observed this and devoted themselves to benevolence. They support not only their poor, but ours as well, everyone can see that our people lack aid from us.” [1] The church rose up to nurse the sick, care for widows, orphans and elderly, and even bury the dead of both Christians and non-Christians alike.

Even the beneficiary of yesterday’s vote, the President himself, realizes that we are placing too much either on him or opposed to him when he pointed out that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for!” I would say actually that is another. A Nazarene carpenter.

But what should we Christians do the day after an election? Go back to being his hands and his feet. Live, serve, preach, pray, give, go and grow.


[1] Stark, Rodney. Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome. New York: HarperOne Publishers. (2006), 31.

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14 thoughts on “What should Christians do the day after an election?

  1. Wonderful words my friend. I have been struggling with what I hear and see online after this election. I have been bothered by the words of others….you article made me realize I need to focus on the word of God. Thank you friend.

  2. I have not heard about a reunion, but I will be there if there is one! I am gonna rent a classic blue VW Bug so I can relive the glory days :)

  3. This is a good post. As to how we got to this point, it is because we live under the myth that America is a Christian nation, but we see the disconnect between biblical righteousness and national conduct. So, we want a leader who will make our nation righteous: ban abortion, same-sex marriage, prayer in schools. But we have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice, truthfulness, care for the poor. We look to the power of the sword, not to God, to protect us, so we outspend every other country on horses and chariots. We say we trust in God, but we really don’t.

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