And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men…” Acts 5:27-29
Today we woke up to a new President, whether we like it or not. Fear has seemed to be driving America this past year, and frankly, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in it. But through this terrifying election, there’s one thing that stands out most to me: God comes first. Our allegiance to our country should never trump (pun intended) our allegiance to Christ. As Peter and the apostles said in Acts, God’s word and His truth should always outweigh the government’s ungodly policies.
Here are a few things to keep in mind for the next four years of this presidency:
- Our allegiance is to Christ, not America.
- In the end, we will answer to God, not to the President.
- God is still sovereign.
The Gospel has the power to transform even the worst Presidential candidates. We need to rest with thankfulness that our hope is not in weak, insufficient man; instead, our hope is rooted in the One who laid down His life with the sins of the world on His shoulders. We can pledge our allegiance to the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, and that will forever be the peace I need to get me through this next presidency.
Heavenly Father, help me to remember no matter who is head of the government, You are head of the world. Thank you for your grace and mercy upon us, and give our new President the wisdom to run this country under Your will.
Make it a point to pray for the President, your community, your pastor, your church, and your family and friends.