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The No. 1 Question We Need to Ask After the Election

This is a pivotal moment in our culture to either astonish nonbelievers or drive them further away.
This is a pivotal moment in our culture to either astonish nonbelievers or drive them further away. (Benjamin Reay/Flickr/CC)
Few times in American history have there been so much turmoil, rancor and potential corruption in a presidential election. Confidence in both candidates has been at an all time low, and for the first time, one of the candidates has actually been under a federal investigation. 

But now the election is over. You may or may not like our new president, but the question becomes: As a Christian, what will be your response?   

This is a pivotal moment in our culture to either astonish nonbelievers or drive them further away. Whoever you voted for, and no matter how much passion you had for your party, what we do now will have an enormous impact on how people in your community view Christians for many years to come. 

As a result, no matter how upset you may be with the results, think twice about how you vent your frustration.  Whether it's at the office, with your family or especially on social media, an angry response won't help—and neither will an attitude of superiority. Snarky social media memes will only make Christians look angry and desperate, and angry people rarely attract others to Christ. 

If anger strategies worked, then missionaries would do it. But we know missionaries don't surround a local tribe, criticize them and call them names because they know that strategy doesn't work—and it won't work here either. After all, when was the last time rage, humiliation or snarkiness won someone to Christ?   

Right now, people are looking for hope and real answers that transcend politics. If we ever had the opportunity to proclaim a God who was bigger than what happens in Washington, D.C., then this is our moment.   

So no matter how happy, disappointed or upset you may be right now, let's remember that God is ultimately in charge, and only He holds the future.   

Jesus is our savior, not our president.   

And for that, I am exceedingly joyful.

Phil Cooke, Ph.D., is a media producer and consultant. He's the executive producer of Let Hope Rise: The Hillsong Movie. Find out more at philcooke.com.  


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