Across the pond, we have witnessed one of the most exciting, brutal and challenging elections come to pass. Now the dust has settled and we have a new President of the United States of America.
I remember when the campaigns first began, the morning before I hit my transatlantic flight from USA to UK, I had encountered a tiny girl swinging her arms in the air in front of the hotel lobby television. A campaign was blaring from the television and she was yelling with full force, “un-trust-TED! Un-trust-TED!” She couldn’t have been more than 7 years old but acted as if she were old enough to vote. I kind of marvelled at the impact politics was making on this little campaigner. She then began to yell, “vote for Trump! Vote for Trump!” marching around the lobby as her flustered mother tried to hold her hand and hush her down.
I’m wondering what kind of impact this is making on our youth of today. No matter where you stand, we need to focus on this one thing: Jesus Christ is still King.
It’s important to pray for your prime minister. It’s important to pray for your MPs and leaders in office.
Realize that values are at stake and being involved is something you can do to make a difference in your generation.
Throughout the US Presidential campaigns we have witnessed division on both sides. Division is something that runs prevalent and is something like a poisonous weed. In Mark 3:25 Jesus said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” In the same way, we must unite together to heal the bruising that has created division.
I think the main thing to do is keep our eyes and focus on Jesus. Getting anxious over the future can’t help anything. But prayer can. No matter who or what politician you stand or do not stand with, as a Christian, it’s important to pray for your leaders.
Getting proactive and supporting your elected leaders in office is something you can do to shine a light brightly in a world in need of your special and beautiful voice.
London, one of the most culturally diverse and outstanding cities in the world, is so full of opportunity. The shaking that went on in the UK, that is Brexit, feels slightly similar to the shaking feeling that went on in the US. Politics can be challenging but during these historical times, we need to reach out and continue to pray and actively get involved with our leaders. It’s not time to step down. It’s time to step up. Pray and get involved because it is the best we can do for the future.
1 Timothy 2:2, “Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”