The Post-Election Day Perspective of Christians


As a businessman, a pro-life father, and someone who was taught the fundamental value of self-reliance from an early age – among other politically-oriented attributes – it’s easy to understand that my personal desire to see smaller government in the United States was hindered by this morning’s election results. Meanwhile those who see government taking a larger role in American society, have far more broad social permissions, and put less emphasis on the entrepreneurial prowess as a means for economic advancement, were no doubt elated that our President will be in leadership for another four years.

But regardless of your present state of happiness as a Christian today, there are some things to be discussed which go beyond politicking. While political activities should and must play a role on the stage of any sober-minded citizen’s heart, these happenings can serve as telltales of a larger wind, one that every Christian should turn their faces toward. For if we properly read the wind, then we’ll always know how to set sail.

But we can not properly assess our direction if we are not first aware of our position.

Here are some reminders for those of us who claim the name of Christ. I challenge you to read these and process each one, asking yourself if you truly believe it, or if you merely mentally subscribe to it.

1.) Jesus’ kingship in my life far outweighs a political leader’s influence outside of my life.

2.) I am a Christian before I’m a party member, not a party member and therefore a Christian.

3.) I will not jeopardize my position among a Royal Priesthood by failing to carry out my superior duties of praying for my leaders. See 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Timothy 2:1.

4.) While no one will care who the President of the United States was in 1,000 years, the Lord will remember my behavior and judge it according to his own for eternity.

As a Christian, the response I’ve glimpsed this morning on social media is sad. In many cases, appalling. And atrociously unbiblical. Much of this post is coming from a motive to gently remind you and me that we are called to a higher level.

“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” -Paul of Tarsus 1 Timothy 2:8

Christians who fail to honor the king with their words prove they cannot be trusted by the Lord in places of high responsibility (as evidenced by their current lack of responsibility). See 1 Peter 2:17, Daniel 4:19.

If the recent exit-poll statistics about our nation are correct, with over 50% of Americans not working, 47% paying no taxes, and only 25% regularly attending any kind of religious service, then I believe this will be the Golden Age of the Church. Not only does a pervasive spirit of entitlement place a demand on others for the fulfillment of personal responsibility, but it numbs the emotions that drive us to be compassionate for others (since it can be presumed that a magnanimous government has already filled the need). This mentality can not be addressed politically, nor can it be mitigated legislatively; the only hope for the heart of the individual is Jesus and the ways of his Kingdom, asserted in love and brought to fruition by the Bride of Christ.

To the spiritually-minded Believer, great need must be answered by superior generosity. And I, for one, am wholly grateful for the need I see before me as it calls me to a place of Christlikeness that I have yet to walk in.

Father, be with President Obama and the First Lady. Grant them tremendous wisdom, discernment and strength for what has to be one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. Be with them Lord.

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  • Valery

    Yes, yes, a wholehearted yes to this.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thank you, Val. Keep running the race! Right beside you.

  • http://josephgilchrist.com Joseph Gilchrist

    Thanks for posting this. Love your outlook. I posted this on my fb this morning after seeing many of the same posts you talked about, and figure I’ll post it here as well:

    To the Christians out there…

    Do not abandon a greater truth in order to uphold a lesser truth.

    Love is the greatest truth. Not abortion, homosexuality, or politics!

    You can have a stance on politics, homosexuality, and/or abortion, but do not put that issue, and your stance on it, over the fact that God calls us to love more than anything. You can have a stance and an opinion and still share it through love. Regardless of the outcome of the election, I am saddened by many of the posts I woke up to today. For those of you who have abandoned the greater truth to validate your opinion you have done just as much, if not more harm to the gospel then any politician will ever do. For you had a place in the hearts of the people that saw your posts today, and although many of them may not care about your opinion, what they did care to see was when push comes to shove is Christianity all that we say it to be.

    If I was an outsider looking in on the many posts I read today, I would have to say I wouldn’t be making the choice to become one on this day, and that is more saddening than all the rest.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Do not abandon a greater truth in order to uphold a lesser truth.

      Total Kingdom perspective. Good stuff bro.

  • Miriam Woodruff

    Emphatically well said my Brother!!! Love it – love you! And I, for two, am wholly grateful for the need I see before me as it calls me to a place of Christlikeness that I have yet to walk in.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      You’re a great “for two” if I ever met one!

  • Brian Corcoran

    That deserves a “HUGE” Amen!…

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thank you, Brian. Trying to faithfully call it like I see it.

  • Susie Cook

    Love this!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thanks Susie Q.

  • Jason Clement

    Thank God I’m surrounded by people like Joseph and yourself. Love. Wisdom. Truth.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thank God I’m surrounded by a genius like you.

  • reenie

    It is all about perspective and seeing how God is above all He has the best view of it all, to work His will and His love in us and through us, if only we will let him…. Good word, I think most Christians on my feed follow the same kingdom thought , I haven’t really seen alot of negative from the Christians ~ I must be sheltered lol
    love you guys ((()))

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      …or you have a good group of Facebook friends! Right on.

  • AnneMarie

    As for election results; we have just to look at countries like France to see where this might lead us. Sense of entitlement from the government leading to lack of generosity among individuals, lack of motivation toward innovation, and a rapid decline (or near nonexistence) of spiritual sensitivity (not to mention a whopping 50% or more taxation for the most productive, now there’s an incentive for less productivity, n’est pas?).
    It is all quite saddening and disheartening, but I know Jesus is King no matter who the president may be. I have not posted anything political on my FB, however I do understand those who are passionate about it, but agree with you, CH, that this passion should now be channeled toward being a light on a hill.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      “…this passion should now be channeled toward being a light on a hill.”

      And I say, “Bring it on!”

      As for France, I find it interesting that NY State has gone further than they have with homosexuality; and it’s now twice as expensive to start a new business in the US as it is in the UK!

  • Jean and Charlie Benson

    Amen…i said on my wall to pray and that although I figured based on the elections nothing much was going to change in Washington we could have the change ( a heart change) and be the peace maker and I got a tongue lashing…Oh well Obama may be the President but Jesus is my king and I live my life for Him…Great post CH and Joseph too…

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      You bring up a good point: Washington will always be Washington. It’s what we do here where we’re called that counts. And as Pastor Kirk says, no President on Earth can stop me from attempting to take Jefferson County for Christ.

  • http://kenneyediting.wordpress.com Susan

    Well said, Christopher. I must be as sheltered as Reenie, because I didn’t see that much “hate” expressed this morning. I was so thrilled to see so many of my FB Christian friends acknowledge their disappointment but go on to say that they would “honor the king,” to borrow a phrase from Romans, and continue to pray for our leaders and our country, and continue to love rather than hate. Such an important thing to do if we want real, eternal change. I am much encouraged by the upbeat tone of so many comments.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      This is refreshing then! Yes! (And you must have a good group of facebook friends like Reenie). Thank you.

  • http://christiandfahey.wordpress.com/ Christian Fahey

    Yes!! A sane and biblical response the morning after. With all the vitriol and hand-wringing on the “right” and gloating on the “left”, the comments on social media say far more about the commentators than they do about the candidates and what they stand for. Do we REALLY believe the Gospel is the hope of the human race, both now–with the myriad of social and economic problems–as well as in the life to come? Thanks for posting this, Christopher. I went to bed dejected a bit last night but woke up with hope (in part because of a wise wife with godly perspective and your post). “Your gospel O Lord is the hope of our nation!” Amen.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      “The comments on social media say far more about the commentators than they do about the candidates and what they stand for.”

      Marvelous point!

      Thanks for your kindness, as always.

  • Billy Jepma

    So, so true. Really needed to read this morning. Thanks Christopher. :)

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      You’re welcome. Thanks for reading.

  • http://www.crmooney.com mooney

    First, I want to thank you for not using “irregardless” and also for using two “s’s-is-s” at the end of “assess” lol

    You know man, we always think our opinions are the right ones and some we hold to more dearly than others. I voted for Romney, which extends my streak of picking losers, but hey, that’s why I love our country. In four years, I can do my part to change it if need be, as opposed to waiting until this guy gets old and decrepit and puts his daughter (who is a general in my story) into power.

    There are some people who say they want to move, tell us to hide in bunkers, etc. ad nauseum, but these people are like that regardless of the circumstance.

    Because the circumstance doesn’t make the individual react how they do, it reveals what’s already in their heart.

    Optimists are optimistic even when they lose, pessimists are pessimistic even when they win (under the guise of being “real”).

    OK, I’m done, great post!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      There are some people who say they want to move, tell us to hide in bunkers, etc. ad nauseum, but these people are like that regardless of the circumstance.

      Man, so true. Jesus never prayed that we should be taken out of culture, but rather to be protected while in culture (John 17:15).

      Optimists are optimistic even when they lose, pessimists are pessimistic even when they win.

      Great point. Worth memorizing.

      Thanks Chris.

  • http://chrisdavis.cc Chris Davis

    GREAT POINT:

    “While no one will care who the President of the United States was in 1,000 years, the Lord will remember my behavior and judge it according to his own for eternity.”

    Wow.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      I appreciate your encouragement, Chris.

  • http://ninahopper.com Nina Honee

    Amen! Agree totally!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thanks Mommy.

  • http://realmofhearts.blogspot.com/ Ryan Paige Howard (RyanHeart)

    Beautiful post Mr. Hopper. Thank you! I always cherish your words and appreciate you sharing. We need to hold dear to our faith, what our Great Lord says, and who we are because of Him. Hard times might be coming but we have hope… always.

    Here is a great post I read this morning that I thought you might appreciate. It touched my heart…

    Dear Friends,
    It was 54 years after Jesus had risen to His throne of grace, that the emperor Nero had also risen to power in Rome. It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. But because Nero was a persecutor of the church, the world never looked so bleak. Amazingly, the Apostle Peter erected a billboard in those times saying; “Honor all men, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17

    If 1st century Christians found a way to show honor to Nero (when persecuted), then surely we can find peace and fullness in obeying God, by honoring our President regardless of his differences with the Christian faith and values. Let’s pray for our leaders, as we are commanded to do in 1 Timothy 2:1-2: “I urge that…prayers and… thanksgivings be made…for kings and all who are in authority…This is good and acceptable in the sight of God.”

    Never has it been more clear in my mind, that I am “Not Of This World”, and that the times are ripe for the harvest. While God’s judgment may be on this country, our gracious Lord is coming soon, and a revival is here! The times are perfect for looking to God, for loving each other, praying for our leaders, and reaching out to those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. More than ever before, we need to move onward and upward looking to and praising Jesus, our real hope!!! “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder…” Romans 12:11-13
    In His Grace,
    Aurelio F. Barreto III, FOUNDER & CEO of Not of this World and C28

    Thank you again, my friend and you and your beautiful fam stay safe. You all have had some crazy storms.

    Praying for you all,
    ~Ryan

    Also this song has blessed me. I hope it blesses others too. :-) Love the lyrics!
    http://youtu.be/qOkImV2cJDg

    • http://realmofhearts.blogspot.com/ Ryan Paige Howard (RyanHeart)

      P.S. It’s not a song by Taylor Swift. :D Haha. I realize it has an advertisement around it. Kind of odd. It’s Chris Tomlin’s newest song Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angle Armies]. Enjoy~

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Sorry I’m just reading this now. That is a GREAT piece by Aurelio. Wow! Right on! And I love it written from Peter’s 3rd person perspective; we would have easily been in his late 70’s or early 80’s by the time he penned those words. So we have the timeless perspective of a seasoned man of God in that Nero-reign time period. How powerful!

  • Scarlet Raptor
    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Awe thanks – but it got deleted yet again. Apparently Wikipedia doesn’t think I’m a notable person, but at least heaven might one day. ;)