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Christian Leaders Offer Encouragement as Nation Awaits Election Results

God is still on his throne

As the United States anxiously awaits the results of the presidential election, Christian leaders offer commentary and encouragement to followers and fellow believers.

Is “God Is Still on His Throne” Enough?

In elections past, several leaders were quick to echo a message that essentially said “Don’t worry—God is still on his throne,” but after the hardships and divisiveness our culture has experienced, especially this year, that platitude feels a little hollow for many. Explaining how the “God’s still on his throne” comment sometimes falls short, Christina Embree, Minister of Generational Discipleship for the Great Lakes Conference of the Brethren in Christ, writes “God being on the throne does not preclude evil people from doing evil things”:

Don’t Be Anxious

J.D. Greear, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, offered a nuanced version of “God is still on his throne” in a blog post titled “Some Thoughts After the 2020 Election.” Greear encouraged fellow Christians to do three things following a contentious Election Day: relax, empathize with those who are fearful and concerned about the results, and rally behind the banner of Christ. 

Greear appealed to Christians to consider their neighbors in a time of division and fear:

Regardless of the presidential winner, many of our fellow citizens are going to respond with legitimate concern, even fear, for what this election means for our country. Respond to them with empathy. Empathy doesn’t require that you agree with everything that troubles someone, but it does require that you value them highly enough to ask questions, to acknowledge their hurts, and above all, to listen.

Issues Around the Election

Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse, says “many fear that some are trying to steal the election,” alluding to President Trump’s comment that the election is being “stolen” by the Democrats. In light of this fear, Graham asks followers to pray:

Pushback against the idea that the election is being stolen came from some Christian leaders, like Rev. Bernice King:

Some others have taken a cue from the President and projected victory, like pro-life activist Abby Johnson:

Some leaders are using the waiting time to express thanks to officials and workers who are working hard to count votes and keep the public apprised of the process. Jeff Pickering, who serves on the staff of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Preston Perry, apologist and poet, expressed their thanks to these people: