A Response to the 2016 Election

9 Nov

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1)

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” (Proverbs 31:25)

These are the verses that come to mind this post-election morning. God is BIG–BIGGER than this and He can use Trump to bless our country if He sees fit. So let’s pray hard that He would do just that. That Trump would rise to the occasion, put behind his childish and selfish ways, and that his presidency would be a surprise in a good way. 

If you say “HA, there’s no way he will!” I say “Well then what’s the alternative response? To seethe with anger and bitterness for the next 4 years? To wait hopefully for each blunder Trump will make in order to gloat ‘See, this is why I didn’t vote for him!'”

No, regardless of who you voted for, the way to respond to this election result is the same way we respond to anything that happens in life: we accept it from God’s hand. We humbly submit our lives, and in this case our country, to Him, with the knowledge that “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)

And then we pray. We pray hard. We plead, beg God to help this nation change for the better, even perhaps despite who’s in charge. We CAN make America great again but it will be by being people sold out for God in Jesus’ name, full of love, compassion, and a willingness to work alongside those who do not share our beliefs or lifestyles. It will be by being bold in our proclamation of the gospel of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone. It will be by laying down our own agendas, conveniences, and desires, and taking up Christ’s. What does that practically mean? It’ll look different for everyone, but like I’ve said before, we will be all united under the banner of


We cannot change reality, we can only respond to it. Let’s make our response one that shows how BIG God is and how much we are ultimately trusting in Him to guide and protect our nation. 

4 Responses to “A Response to the 2016 Election”

  1. shaunaletellier November 9, 2016 at 8:38 am #


    Have no idea if this interests you or not, but I just returned from a writer’s workshop that was super helpful. Have you heard of Hope*Writers ? It’s an online membership website for writers, founded by Emily P Freeman , her sister Myquillin Smith (the Nester ), their father Gary Moreland, and their tech guru Brian Dixon.

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    Wonderful post today. Thanks!

    Happy writing,


  2. Lisa November 9, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    You are wise. Thank you. I’m having a rather catastrophic meltdown, but praying that God brings good in everything situation is always the right answer. I feel physically sick and scared, but God is the only one who can remedy that.

    I also really liked this Maya Angelou quote today. “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” I will seek for God to soften my heart in this direction.

  3. specialkkluthe November 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    Thanks for the info Shauna! Sounds interesting.

  4. specialkkluthe November 17, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

    I like that quote Lisa. Thanks for sharing

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