What now? The question is being asked over and over again in this country by many is "What Now." Those who are euphoric over the election are asking the same question as those angry over the result. So what do we do now?
The very first action item a believer should do is to pray. We need to pray for those over us and for their salvation. In 1st Timothy 2:1-4 we read "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." God would have all men to be saved and if they were, their actions would show their belief in God and his ways.
Secondly as believers we should know what the ways of God are. Gods plans, directives and will is borne out in his word, the Bible. We need no other authority to lead this nation than the word of God. Believers should lead this nation in showing by word and deed the truth contained in the word of God. The reason Christians are caught up in meaningless debate over social and cultural issues is their lack of knowledge or outright denial of what the Bible says. If believers would put the time into the study and understanding of what the Bible has to say then senseless debate would cease. We read in 2nd Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." Through ignorance people are divided over issues God settled before the beginning of time.
Thirdly as believers we should remember that our first responsibility is to share the Gospel with an unsaved world. If we spent as much time sharing the Gospel as we spent on compromising the Gospel the world would be a different place. The reason people are asking "What Now" is that they are placing their trust in the wrong place. In Jeremiah 17:7 we read "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is." If you put your faith and trust in a person or party instead of God you are wrong.
So where do we go from here. In other words"What Now?" It is sad to see so many prefer the ways of man over the ways of God. It is sad to see people distraught because their person or their dogma did not win and expend their energy in defense of their misplaced beliefs while people are going out into eternity without a saving belief in God. This land needs the hope that comes from God and that message comes though believers. Enjoy your coffee.
Love you all,
Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.