Puyallup: Opinion

Faith: Despite the result of the presidential election, God is still in charge

Eric Hullstrom is the pastor at Living Word Lutheran Church.
Eric Hullstrom is the pastor at Living Word Lutheran Church. jbessex@gateline.com

I have never been one to write about politics and I am not going to start now or endorse anyone here.

I find no interest in discussing politics. That may sound un-American or irresponsible, but I just get a headache trying to sort through all the rhetoric. No offense to any politician reading this, but I struggle to discern who to trust. Who’s telling the truth and who’s not? Then you have people who are quick to trust and support a candidate without any prayerful discerning. “They are not (so and so), so they must be good.”

Some are willing to overlook glaring shortcomings in a candidate all in the name of maintaining the party line.

This presidential election season is, dare I say, worse than any other. I know my history. I know there has been corruption in our past, but this year is taking on a whole different tone. As I read various articles or listen to sound bites, I find myself wondering, along with many: Will life be any better? Will World War III erupt? Will terrorism continue to run unchecked? What about religious freedom? Will Christians be muzzled all in the name of tolerance? Scary to think about on one hand, but on the other, not scary at all.

I recently saw a quote that resonated with me that read: “My political mantra is that no matter what happens, Jesus still reigns.”

That right there is what gives me hope in an uncertain and scary election season. The fact is, no matter who is elected, God is still in charge. God is not sitting on pins and needles wondering who will get elected. God is not worried about the future following this election, and since that is the case, why should we worry?

Scripture says we need to pray for our leaders: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

This election season may be scary at times, but remember that God is in control. So therefore, I urge you to be people of prayer and turn to the right savior as the following quote says, “America! The Donkey and Elephant won’t help. We must turn back to the Lamb (Jesus).”

So, pray and then vote, and then after the election is over, pray for our new president. Pray for them even if you didn’t vote for them. Pray for them even if you don’t like them. Pray that they may have the wisdom to lead rightly. Pray, because our new president (and this country) will need all the prayers they can get. Be people of prayer and remember that Jesus still and always will reign.

Pastor Eric Hullstrom leads the congregation at Living Word Lutheran Church (LCMC) in Puyallup. His personal site is heartofapastor.wordpress.com.