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The Day After The Election

Below is the post I wrote during the presidential campaign. I post it again for your consideration.


You don’t, of course, really expect me to answer that question. I do join many of you, however, in feeling disgusted, amazed, and discouraged by the 2016 campaign.

Having said that, however, let’s look at Holy Scripture for guidance. Who were the great leaders of the Bible? From a Christian perspective, we’d probably list Jesus first. However, Jesus led a spiritual kingdom. In fact, in the New Testament, we aren’t given examples of leaders who would translate to today’s world.

In the Old Testament, though, there were leaders like leaders today. They led nations.

Abraham. But he was a liar and a doubter of God’s promise. He entered into an illicit relationship with Hagar.

David. While he was described as a man after God’s own heart, he was an adulterer and a murderer.

Moses. Yet his sin prevented him from entering the promised land.

Esther. Though she saved a nation, she was part of a pagan king’s harem.

These great leaders (and there are many more, of course) were great sinners. They weren’t great leaders because of themselves but because of God.

Today, we look for great leaders who have what it takes to do an unbelievably complicated job. We’re looking for people who don’t exist. Maybe we should look to God, who can, if he wills it, do great things through sinful humans, whether they want him to or not.

God worked through Jonah to save the people of Ninevah over Jonah’s vigorous objections. (Jonah 4:1) When Joseph’s brothers confronted him out of fear because of what they had done to him in the past, Joseph told them not to be afraid: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20, NIV) And when Jesus described the working of the Spirit, he said it’s like the wind: “It blows wherever it pleases.” (John 3:8)

Before we get too worked up, let’s trust Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


6 comments… add one
  • Martha Elder November 13, 2016, 9:49 PM

    I, too have thought of Paul, Moses, other men and women, I have believed their stories that in spite of their doings or sayings, God used them… I feel as if some are trying to tell me that it is not possible today, There is no salvation or redemption for Donald Trump. Yet this very man, Trump selected Pence a God believing man to run the course with him. Pence saw Trump , he heard him , his dark side Yet, Pence stepped forward and in essence said ,” here I am Lord send me. ” If I as a believing Christian can pray for rain, pray for a miracle , can I not pray, believing , for this man Trump to lead our nation in a Godly way, forgive him of his wrong doings, sayings as God has forgiven me! Is the rage people are expressing ia deeper issue of control , I want what I want and I want it now, feeding off of false Gods; The news media, social media,the he said, she said gossip trails.. Why am I labeled something other than a Christian because I supported Trump? The roar of the crowd is so loud they cannot hear or see themselves.. God have mercy on us all.. Blessings and gratitude. Martha E

    • John B. Phillips November 14, 2016, 9:50 AM

      Martha, what a powerful comment! The points you make, the questions you raise should tweak us all, if not knock us to the ground. Thank you for putting them out there. Blessings and gratitude to you, and as you said, “God have mercy on us all.” John

  • Lorraine Lynch November 9, 2016, 5:50 PM

    You are so right, Johnny.

  • Martha Elder November 9, 2016, 1:32 PM

    Thank you John for these words of truth , hope , and love.

    • John B. Phillips November 9, 2016, 2:04 PM

      Martha, thanks so much for the support you and George have given me. John

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