Romans 8:9-11 says this:
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
You see, if one is “in Christ” then the Spirit lives within her. This means that within every follower of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the sovereign God of the universe, is living and active. Quite simply, the follower of Jesus has within him all he needs to transform the world.
One writer I follow proclaimed that Christians have officially “lost the culture war”.
I say fine, good, praise God! We are not called to win, nor even fight, a culture war. We are called to make, create, subvert, and define culture.
We are called to be representatives of Jesus to the world. This means embodying and proclaiming his story to all we meet.
Our calling, who we are, has not changed. If you are a Christian there is no room, nor time, for despair. We have work to do.
Ephesians 2:10 says,
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Your candidate won? Great! Get after the work of building the kingdom of God by using the gifts, skills, and passions that God has graciously given you.
Your candidate lost? Great! Get after the work of building the kingdom of God by using the gifts, skills, and passions that God has graciously given you.
It is my sincere hope that each of us would repent from the idolatry that so easily entangles us in these election seasons and return our trust to the sovereign good God of the universe. He alone is deserving of our trust, hope, and faith. He alone controls the future.
If you are despairing because of the election, your hope has been placed in something or someone other than King Jesus.
If you are rejoicing because of the election, your hope has been placed in something or someone other than King Jesus.
If you see before you great opportunity to engage the world with the gospel, your hope is rightly placed on the King.
In conclusion take heart in what the Psalmist tells us (Psalm 24),