It’s coming. The moment that has been talked about for the past forever it feels like. On Wednesday morning, America will wake up to a new President.
It’s going to happen.
About half of the country will be happy or at least satisfactorily resigned. About the half the country will be devastated or at best reluctantly resigned.
But regardless, it is going to happen.
So, we have the chance, right now, before it all starts or ends, depending on how you look at it, to make some important decisions.
How are we going to react?
This is important because our reaction will speak volumes to the children who are looking to us for guidance and stability. Are we going to react with hopelessness and despair? Are we going to react with fear and derision? Are we going to react with pride and self-righteousness?
Or are we going to, in the light of whatever happens, show our children a consistent dependence on Christ and the solid foundation of our hope in Him? It’s a legitimate question we need to ask ourselves before we wake up on Wednesday morning.
How are we going to behave?
Our reactions often affect our behavior. The words we speak. The emotions we exhibit. The behavior we engage in. So we need to think, “How am I going to behave on Wednesday morning if this person or that person wins the election?” Am I going to behave as someone whose citizenship in heaven, who is called to extend the love and mercy of God to all humanity, and who is confident in the sovereignty of God and therefore, act compassionately, graciously, and lovingly to those around me regardless of their reaction?
What are we going to post/tweet?
This one is so huge. It is so easy to hit that little button that says “Post” or “Tweet” and forget that actual people with real live hearts who are created in the image of God are on the other side of the screen reading what we wrote. So what are we going to post or tweet on Wednesday morning? It’s worth deciding ahead of time, if not only for our own sake, for the sake of our children who will one day google us.
Each Sunday at our church during our Kids Worship time, our worship leader leads the
children through a little responsive questioning. He asks three questions and receives three answers from the children; three question I think are very important for us to ponder as we move into this transformative week.
As you read the questions and responses, consider how they play out in our hearts, as kingdom-minded believers who are being watched closely by the next generation of Christians.
Who are You?
I am a Child of God.
Who are We Together?
We are the Body of Christ
Why are We Here?
We are here to learn more about God and His Covenant to us.
With that in mind…what will our reactions, behaviors, and words look like on Wednesday morning?
May God be with each of us as we seek to be children of God, the body of Christ, learning more about Him and His covenant of Love to us every day….even the day after Election Day.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19
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About the author
Christina Embree is wife to Pastor Luke, mom to three wonderful kids, and family minister at Nicholasville UMC. She is passionate about seeing churches partnering with families to encourage faith formation at home and equipping parents to disciple their kids in the faith. Currently studying Family, Youth and Children’s Ministry at Wesley Seminary, she also blogs at www.refocusministry.org and is a contributing blogger at D6 Family, Seedbed, and ChildrensMinistryBlog.com.
Great article Christina! Thanks for the wise words you have written.I am definitely sharing this!
Wonderful and thanks. I’ve been telling our kids our country and government are bigger and better than any single election. Thanks for reminding me there’s a bigger and better reason to not fear.
Thanks also for pointing to James 1:19. So much wisdom in so few words.