Your Results From the 2016 Presidential Election


My prayer last night, before it was announced that Donald Trump won the Presidency, was that God’s will would be done and that Christians would act like Christians today. What I mean is that regardless of whether your candidate won or not you would be the voice of “the peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). If your candidate won don’t laud it over people and debate why Trump is the best. If your candidate lost don’t be bitter and confrontational.

My prayer remains the same this morning: if you are a Christian than your life has changed and today is the perfect opportunity to calmly show non-Christians why your hope rests in your Savior Jesus Christ. The reason I titled this Devotional “Your Results From the 2016 Presidential Election” is because you need to submit your reactions today to the Lord. Whether someone is complaining or applauding don’t join in – be the voice of godly reason. Can your election results be to lead someone to Jesus? With God’s power, YES!

The earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Proverbs 24:1).


For more on the Election Series I’ve written for the last year you can go to the last Devotional titled Such a Time as This.” It has links to the other Devotionals. God bless!


“Such a Time as This” (2016 Presidential Election Series)

We’ve come to our final “pre-election” Devotional. In two days, on Tuesday, the 2016 Presidential election that we have been talking and praying about for a year will take place! Through this year we’ve talked about “Political Prayer Preparation”, the “Decision America Tour 2016”, “God’s Power in the 2016 Presidential Election”, the “Presidential Primary Election”, “Walking in the Old Paths”, “Our Submission to Government” and “You’re Not Voting for a President but for Supreme Court Judges”.

Today we’re going to focus on the story of Esther who was chosen by God for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). The beautiful story of Esther is about a Hebrew, peasant girl who caught the eye of the ruler of all Persia, King Xerxes. And how her devotion to her people and doing the thing she was made for could have cost her life but instead saved the lives of millions. Interestingly, in the whole book of Esther God is never mentioned once. However, we see His “providence as He, the unseen power, controls everything for His purpose” (Source 1).

As I just mentioned we’ve been praying and seeking God’s will for months for this election. We know He controls everything according to His purpose. Now is the time to take action and inspect our checklists as we make sure we and others are ready for tomorrow. For example do you know how you will be voting on the various Propositions? Do you know how you and your friends are getting to your polling place?

Here are some things to help you:

  1. Election Forum 2016 Voter’s Guide
  2. 2016 Proposition Guide (from Capital Resource Institute)
  3. Questions to make sure you’re prepared:
  • Are you registered to vote? (Find your local requirements at
    • Where is your polling station? (Locate it at
    • What time of day will you vote?
    • Do you need to let your employer know when you’re voting?
    • Do you have a way to get there?
    • Do you have child care?
    • Is there a friend or neighbor who needs a ride?
    • What identification do you need? (Find out at

Now that we have covered how we will take the action, we are left to continue on with what we’ve practiced. We will walk in the old ways, we will pray and above all else we will recognize that it is God’s power and His will that will be done tomorrow. We remember that “on the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them” (Esther 9:1).

Prayer: Lord, we give the Presidential election, Propositions and placements over to You. We know You have it in the palm of Your hand and we, Your children, will not needlessly waste our time worrying and fretting over things we can’t see and don’t understand. Instead we will spend our time sharing Jesus with others and glorifying You. We thank You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.



Source 1: John MacArthur, The John MacArthur Study Bible, p. 682

You’re Not Voting for a President but for Supreme Court Judges

Exactly one month from today we will vote for our next President! This year we’ve talked about “Political Prayer Preparation”, the “Decision America Tour 2016”, “God’s Power in the 2016 Presidential Election”, the “Presidential Primary Election”, “Walking in the Old Paths” and “Our Submission to Government”.

I have been frustrated with our two major party nominees, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Really? These are the United States’ best choices? Granted, there are other parties but, sadly, I feel they have no chance of winning. We have to wade through the candidates’ petty bickering, personal email accounts and Miss America opinions just to get to their stances and promises. Up until now I’ve had no idea who I would vote for but then I read an article that gave me hope and that’s what we’re talking about today. It’s funny because the vote for the candidates really has nothing to do with the candidates!

In an article titled, “A Supreme Decision” in the latest issue of Decision Magazine , Cathy Ruse gives us hope. I know as a Christian our “hope” comes from God (Psalm 3:2-4, 147:11; Job 17:3,15; Romans 5:2; 1 Peter 1:3) but I believe God gave Cathy Ruse this unique viewpoint for us to prayerfully consider where we place our vote. The branch of the Supreme Court was designed to referee the law in an objective and unbiased way. The problem is that the last 60 years have seen many judges vote according to political party and try to be the voice of current culture as opposed to the Constitution and laws that are right and best regardless of how the culture of the minute “feels”.

The importance of these judges decisions can’t be overemphasized. Ruse explains it’s very possible in the near future we could see homeschooling being outlawed, saying children are victims of bigot teaching in homes with religious parents, declining women from ordination could be a crime and just speaking against LGBT views could be criminally punishable. I’m not trying to scare you into a knee jerk reaction, but these are examples given in the article that is well within the realm of possibility. Remember Martin Niemoller’s quote, “When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.”

So now we recognize the importance of these judges but if they’re not voted in how much hope do we have that the next President will appoint any new ones? Interestingly, of the 9 total spots, 1 just passed away and by the next Presidential election 5 will be over 70 and 3 in their 80s. My estimate* is that we will see the next President appoint 4, possibly 5, new Supreme Court judges in the next 4 years!

I’m not just trying to stack the Supreme Court with a bunch of Conservatives (but if that’s how the game is played and we’re asking God to make our country healthy again that may not be such a bad option), I’m asking for referees who will be objective and protect the rights of Christians and non-Christians. Clinton said “she would strive to appoint judges in the mold of liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor” (Source 1, p. 15)**, who votes liberally on “campaign speech, religion, juvenile crime, federal power and Miranda warnings”, etc. (see article here). Whereas Trump has published a list of judges he would nominate (click here), in the vein of Antonin Scalia, who hold to the Constitution.

I hope this information, which was a revelation to me, is helpful for you. Please prayerfully consider how you will vote a month from now, considering that the election has very little to do with the candidates and much more about the Supreme Court Justices that they appoint and the wide ranging, long-lasting impacts. Do your own research and see which list of judges will vote not according to political preferences, but instead according to the Constitution as a referee of the law.


*Partially based upon Yoest’s comment, “The next President will almost certainly appoint at least four Supreme Court justices” (Source 2).

**Clinton has not officially published a list of judges but there is a very likely list (read it here) of who she would appoint.



Source 1: Cathy Ruse, “A Supreme Decision”, Decision Magazine, Volume 57, Number 9, September 2016, pp. 12-15.

Source 2: Charmaine Yoest, “A Life or Death Decision”, Decision Magazine, Volume 57, Number 9, September 2016, p. 21.