Yesterday’s presidential election result surprised most of us. Conservatives like myself held out little hope that we could avoid another four to eight years of rule by progressives. The last eight years have seen a tremendous amount of change, most of it for the worse. America has become more divided and lawless, led into this predicament by a president who had promised to help unite us. He had campaigned for hope and change, yet left many of us hoping for a change.

Over 40 years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that abortion should be legal. Just last year, another Supreme Court ruled that homosexuals should be allowed to marry one another. Make no mistake – God is angry with the people of America because of these and other sins.

Judgment Coming?

gavel bangingSeeing the moral decay of America not only continue but pick up speed, many thoughtful Christians had concluded that God was in the process of withdrawing his Spirit from America in judgment. Many were even wondering whether the end times were approaching. Perhaps these things are indeed taking place but many Christians have been praying that God would forgive this nation’s sins and heal our land, as the Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14,

[If] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I believe that God has answered us by stirring up His people to pray, take action, and vote. In this manner, Hillary Clinton was kept from again taking up residence in the White House with her husband, Bill. Those of us who recall Bill’s years as president think first of his sexual misconduct and impeachment, not of anything positive that he may have accomplished. In the years following Bill’s exit from the presidency, he and Hillary have become ever more lawless and corrupt. It is astonishing to me that Hillary was even allowed to run for office, given her blatant disregard for the law.

A Reprieve

Signing the ConstitutionI believe that the defeat of Hillary Clinton is evidence that we have been granted a temporary reprieve from God’s judgment. We have been rescued from continuing rule by those who care nothing for God, the law, or the Constitution. Let’s first thank God for His mercy, then turn to the task of praying for Donald Trump, as well as all of our country’s newly-elected leadership. We have been given a reprieve – let’s use it well and do all that we can to turn this country around.

Next Steps

The rulings allowing abortion and homosexual marriage must be rescinded, which in turn means that God-fearing men and women must be appointed to the Supreme Court. Trump will be able to appoint the first of what could be three or four justices upon entering office.

Please don’t misunderstand me; Trump is certainly not the sort of fellow that dads would hope their daughter would bring home to dinner. He is going to need a lot of support, help, and prayers. He is not ready for the job of President of the United States but seems willing to accept help and guidance. We Christians should pray that Trump would be given wisdom and would surround himself with godly, wise advisors and cabinet members.

It seems that many Christians have been roused from a sort of slumber just in time for the election. Now that we’re all awake, let’s get busy influencing our friends and the culture around us for Christ. Our nation and world are still in desperate need and we must not rely solely on political or religious leaders to fix things. Pray, pray again, then pray some more. After that, keep on praying.