What happens after Elections?
After Elections, the new leaders are established. There is a possibility that the person you voted for do not come to seat, what then should you do?
You must believe that the president established is the will of God and God’s anointed and we must therefore do the following in accordance with the scriptures.
- Submit to their lordship.
I see Christians being defiant to authorities; because they thought the person was not the right person for the post. ‘They are corrupt’ my people say and insist the leaders rigged their way through hence they couldn’t have been chosen by God. But God doesn’t raise rebels as he so emphasizes in the scripture.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves… For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. Romans 13:1-5
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority… 1 Peter 2:13
- Pray for the leaders and not criticize them
The instruction for us to pray for our leaders is not based on a function of if they were good or bad; righteous or unrighteous, believer or unbeliever. It is our duty as good citizens to pray for our leaders and not criticize them. There is more attack on the leaders than other citizens, hence they need prayers. Our prayers help them make the right decisions, even crucial decisions that will affect our living in that country.
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 1tim 2:1-3
“You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people. Exo 22:28
“Brothers,” Paul replied, “I was not aware that he was the high priest, for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’ Act 23:5
- Be a good citizen; pay your taxes and import duties
Being a good citizen entails not evading all necessary dues and duties, keep your environment clean, pay all utility bills, obey the rules, pay all necessary dues, and pay your tax too. This is a responsibility we owe our community, because our taxes are used to provide social amenities for everyone.
You may say the leaders don’t do anything with our tax but squander it, yet we are not the one to decide what they do with the taxes, ours is to do the right thing and leave the leaders into the hands of whom they must give account.
Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid so they can keep on doing the work God intended them to do. Give to everyone what you owe them; Pay your taxes and import duties, and give respect and honor to all to whom it is due.” Rom 13:6-7
As earlier said, the best gift you can give your country is the kind of person you become; hence strive to be the better version of yourself and raise good leaders for a peaceful future.