“In a Weird Way, Son, I am Excited”

This was how I responded to my 7 year old this morning when he asked me who won last night. Of course, he knew who I voted for and what I was praying would happen in this year’s election. He knew that the candidate who won was not who I was hoping would win. He obviously was surprised by my words.

To tell you the truth, I am a bit surprised by my response to him.

But here’s the thing: when Luke asked me, I had just finished reading Revelation 1-5. If that doesn’t put things in perspective, I don’t know what will. The results of yesterday’s election give the Church an unprecedented opportunity to be authentic.

Consider. . .

1. Authentic Trust. 

How many evangelical Christians do you think cried out to the Lord over recent days for His will to be done on November 6th? Yeah . . . a bunch. Do you think for a second that God did not hear His people’s prayers? No way. He  gives us the same attention He gives His Son – we are ‘in Christ.’ God’s will was done yesterday. Today the church has an incredible opportunity to demonstrate that we really do trust the God who answers prayer according to His will.

 

2. Authentic Affection.

When I read the New Testament (and a majority of the Old!) I never read of there being a ‘godly’ leader in office. I never read of there being a king or ruler or magistrate holding to traditional Christian values and morals. You know what I do read, however? Authentic followers of Jesus advancing the kingdom in the power of the Spirit in the midst of evil regimes. The church in Acts exploded during perilous times with wicked leaders in office. We church leaders (myself included!) have been preaching for years and years and years for our churches to be like the church in Acts. Well, here you go. Did we mean that? Now is the opportunity to love Jesus passionately and love others compassionately with the Gospel that will shine brighter in the midst of where it looks like we are heading as a country.

 

3. Authentic Hope.

If I understand my Bible correctly, times are going to get worse before Jesus returns. If that is the case, bring it on. I want to see Jesus! Don’t you? Yesterday’s results are really and truly a God-given opportunity for the Church of our Lord Jesus to show the world where we put our hope. It can demonstrate to the world that this is not our home and we are awaiting another.

 

So, yes. In a weird way – I am excited! The church has been talking and praying big for years. Now, more than ever, God has laid before us an opportunity to be exactly who He has placed us here to be.

Last time I checked, authentic light shines brightest in the darkest places.

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About pastormpearson

Follower of Jesus. Husband to Katie. Father to Luke, Seth, and Birtukan. Pastor of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Posted on November 7, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Love your words , Matt! Thank you for sharing and exhorting our hearts!

  2. Outstanding job, Son. Way to make honest-to-goodness spiritual lemonade out of yesterday’s lemons.

  3. Thanks Matt! I really needed to read that.

  4. Outstanding response! You helped me get excited too. Hold me accountable to remember this. Just wish I had my blog going so I could post your link on it.

  5. Incredible response. Christ centered and focused!

  6. Thanks Mat. It corected my thinking. We serve a big God. Heis biger than any election.

  7. Amen Brother!

    P.S. nice quilt patterns.

  8. Great comment Matt! For all the “Doom and Gloom” that had been in our forecast if President Obama was re-elected, an amazing thing happened…The sun rose this morning, showing you and I who truly is “In-Charge” “THE SON” none other than Jesus Christ Himself. Thanks again Matt for a great comment.
    Ric Martinez, Pastor New Hope Baptist Church, Milam, TX

  9. Well said!

  10. So, let me get this straight. The man who has been married to the same woman for 20 years, the man who is a confessing Christian (and not a Mormon), the man who attended a the man who has done NOTHING that erodes any religious liberties from anyone, the man who helped to pass a healthcare law that will help the least among us, the man who has constantly turned the other cheek to the lies spewed about him in the conservative media: this is the man who you see as God’s judgement on America? This man is a harbinger of the “end times”? I’m sorry, sir, but I find that laughable and duplicitous. I’m an evangelical Christian who believes in reformed theology, and I voted for Mr. Obama. I would again. No way on earth would I have voted for Mitt Romney, whose Mormon faith would have colored every decision he made in office.

    In the words of Mr. Obama, “I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life.” Compare that statement to any Mormon statement of faith from Mr. Romney.

    I simply cannot understand how on earth certain evangelicals see the president. I’ve heard the arguments over and over and it all boils down to one thing: social issues. Hard line conservatives claim to want no government interference in their lives, yet somehow, you think that the government has the right to tell a person how to marry and how to behave in the privacy of their bedroom. As far as abortion is concerned, consider this: in eight years, Bush did nothing to change abortion laws. NOTHING. Neither did his father. Neither did Reagan. Abortion simply isn’t an issue to Republican candidates.

    Good sir, I beg you. Please don’t be blinded by partisanship. Mr. Obama is a good man and continues to be a good president. He has my prayers, and I would never think to insult him or his family by assuming that the Obamas are some kind of a harbinger of armageddon. I’m a Amillennialist, myself, and I find the scare tactics used by LEFT BEHIND to be absolutely distasteful and not upheld by scripture.

  11. wow. I had just recently posted on my fb page that whatever it takes to save the lost is what i pray for. thanks for backing God’s agenda.

  12. Great thoughts!

  13. I received your comments via an e-mail from someone from whom I never receive e-mail. I really don’t have any idea who you are, but I want you to know how much it meant to me and to many others to whom I forwarded it. It was so appropriate and really helped me reign in the fear, the distress and the multitude of questions as a result of the outcome. I for one want to be that authenticity the world absolutely cannot deny. The world may think they can hide our light under a bushel and make it go away, but just like the children’s song says “hide it under a bushel “NO” – I’m gonna’ let it shine” – authentically! Thank you for the challenge and encouragement!

  14. Richard McClendon

    Looks as if you and me voted for the same person. 

    Richard

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