13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but too bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed- Romans 13: 1-7

The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all- Psalm 103:19

           

           So here’s something I never thought I would ever say in my lifetime: Donald J Trump will become our president  on January 20th 2017. 

            Here’s something I never thought I would ever do or admit to doing in my lifetime: I voted for him.

            I’m not going to get into all the specifics as to why I did what I did; I will just say that he was not my first choice. However, in my opinion, he is better than any of the other viable alternatives that we were presented. It’s been really interesting to see the kind of reaction that we, the American people, seem to have had since election night.  It has also been quite heartbreaking as well.

            Even after the election has come and gone and everything has been decided, there still is such divisiveness and hate among the citizens in this country. If you are a follower or friend of mine on Facebook, you will tend to notice that I am quite controversial. I have my opinions and I share them without any sort of apology or regret. I feel that I have a right to share my opinions freely and openly whether anyone likes them or agrees with them or not. It’s very rare that I will back down from something that I am incredibly passionate about. However, in the grand scheme of things, my opinion doesn’t matter……and neither does yours. (Ouch…..maybe that was a little too harsh.)

            This is what matters above everyone and anyone’s opinion or thoughts:  What does the Bible say about it.

            I am SO glad you asked.

            According to Romans 13 1-7 we are supposed to respect the governing authority that was placed over us. Why? Well, it says in God’s Word that anyone who resists the ones that are placed in authority resists that which God has ordained….. And if you keep reading, that doesn’t end so well (Again…..ouch.).   Let’s think about what this means: your resistance to authority whomever they are and whenever they get elected into office, is your way of saying “ Hey God, I don’t like what you are doing and so I’m just gonna do whatever I think is best for me.”

            We may not know the reason that God put the people in that He did. You may be happy with the results, you may not be, but here are a few things that I do know for everyone on both sides: It’s time for the UNITED States of America to be United again. It’s time we stop fighting and bickering with each other over things that we no longer have any control of (Reminder for myself….little miss controversy), If you weren’t on the winning side of the election, it’s time to stop threatening to move to another country, and it is definitely time that people on both sides stop belittling each other. That stuff only causes more division than we need if we are to ever heal as a nation.

            I remember the Sunday before the election. I felt this heavy burden on my heart and a fear of what was to come. It was unlike anything I had felt for this country in a very long time (Lack of trust and forgetfulness as to who is ultimately in charge……sound familiar?). At the close of the service, the Pastor said something that sounded oh so basic but was oh so much a beautiful reminder:

            “No matter what happens on Tuesday night, when you wake up on Wednesday morning, Jesus will still be on his throne”-Barry Jones.   

            I woke up on Wednesday morning…..and yup, Jesus was still in charge, just like Pastor Barry said He would be.

            This is my wish for America and its people for the next four years, and beyond. My wish is that we come back together as “One nation under God, indivisible”. I wonder how long it has been since we truly were that one nation under God.

            Hey Christians, it starts with us. Then maybe, just maybe, others will follow. .

            Don’t forget that He loves you and so do I,

                        Shelley Olsen