November 1-7 will be a week like none other for our nation. No matter how long we live, we will never forget the first week of November, 2020. Mix up a contentious presidential election, a global pandemic and the potential of civil unrest following the election and we have guaranteed historic outcome. The losing candidate’s supporters could respond in a manner more suited for a horrific movie. But this isn’t fiction, it’s real.
The secular world is preparing for this week. Walmart pulled its ammunition off the shelves in fear of post-election violence, then put it back. Businesses are boarding up their front windows. Police are on high-alert. News outlets have cameras rolling. Our nation is on edge.
Followers of Jesus should be prepared too. Christians operate in the tension of knowing that we are passing through this old world but we are also Christ’s ambassadors in this old world. We are “in it” but not “of it.” So how should we respond in times like these?
The Christian’s preparation for any circumstance is standing on His Word. It is our guiding light. There are plenty of Bible verses that will help prepare the people of God for the week ahead. But is there a Bible verse that qualifies as our “verse of the week,” no matter who wins the election? Here are a few options:
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior 1 Timothy 2:1-3
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14
Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:17
Those are all great reminders from Scripture, but my choice for the “Bible Verse of Week” in this contentious week must be Philippians 1:27:
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27
There are no exception clauses in Philippians 1:27. No fine print. Moreover, my brothers and sisters, this simple reminder about “whatever happens”: Our hope is not in a donkey or an elephant. Our hope is in the Lamb! The Lamb wins. When we place our loyalties with the Lamb, we win too. Paul wrote it best: But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
This week (more than any week in a long, long time) pray, love and conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ!