No matter who you are voting for next Tuesday, we should give honor and respect to whoever is in office. We should pray for our leaders that they honor God, do what is right and just, and that they have wisdom to govern our nation with righteousness. We should recognize that we do not always get our way and that there are other opinions besides our own - many that are held by people passionately. We should not stop promoting what we believe is right, but we should do it in a way that is respectful and that seeks first to sacrifice ourselves in love for others. We should fear God instead of men and we should place our hope in God instead of men. In short, we should have a certain type of attitude after the election. Here it is:
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself and became obedient to death–
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11 NIV84)
No matter who wins the election next Tuesday, Christians will be judged by how we respond to things that are entirely out of our control. Let's express hope in God instead of in man and let's show love and respect to all people everywhere, even as we continue to stand for justice and righteousness in the public square. Let us not forget who we are and who we belong to first, even before we are Americans.
This is actually the attitude that we are supposed to have every day in every situation, so I guess it fits here as well.