Chuck Terrill: How should I respond to the election of 2020? 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Some Americans are disappointed by the outcome of this week’s 2020 election — others are elated.

We all know that in any contest there will be a loser and a winner. The question you may be asking is, "What do I do now?”

Whether your candidate won or lost, the Bible indicates an appropriate response.    

“Every person must be subject to the governing authorities, for no authority exists except by God’s permission. The existing authorities have been established by God, so that whoever resists the authorities opposes what God has established, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:1-4).  

“Remind believers to submit themselves to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, and to be ready to do any honorable kind of work” (Titus 3).

“For the Lord’s sake submit yourselves to every human authority, whether to the king as supreme, or to the governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong, and to praise those who do right” (1 Peter 2.13).

“First of all, then, I urge you to offer petitions, prayers, intercessions, and expressions of thanks for all people, for kings, and for everyone who has authority, so that we might lead a quiet and peaceful life with all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a full knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2.1-4).

The Bible teaches us to support, honor and obey, our elected leaders, regardless of our party affiliation.

Our president, and other elected officials have a tough job.

They need our support.  

Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.