On election night, I watched what once was considered an improbably become inevitable—the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. Yes, I had been saying for two weeks or more that Trump would win, but I did have trouble wrapping my mind around Trump’s victory.
Secretary Clinton’s supporters never saw the avalanche which was coming. They gathered at an arena with a glass ceiling (intended to convey the symbolic message that Clinton, as the nation’s first female President had broken through the glass ceiling of politics) with anticipation. No, it was more than anticipation—they gathered with a certainty that Clinton would win the race. Most national polls showed Clinton with a narrow advantage over Trump, and the all-important battleground states looked like they would vote for Clinton. The exit polls looked very good for Clinton. All that was left was the closing of the polls and the coronation of Hillary Rodham Clinton as the 45th President of the United States.
It didn’t turn out that way. The key states were voting for Trump over Clinton. Before long, it became apparent that Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, would be the 45th President of the United States.
Secretary Clinton’s supporters sat in stunned silence as they watched the numbers pile up in Mr. Trump’s favor. Tears of shock, disappointment, and hurt began to flow. On YouTube and Twitter and Facebook, celebrities and other Clinton backers began to post their tears. Their chosen candidate had lost and they wept.
When is the last time you wept over a loss? The loss of a loved one? The loss of a job? The loss of a home? The loss of a pet? The loss of a battle with temptation?
When is the last time you wept over a lost soul? Our Lord did: “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.’” (Luke 19:41-44). How can we not weep over the lost as they head to an eternal hell prepared for the devil and his angels?
Secretary Clinton’s supporters turned their tears into action and took to the streets in protest. Some of the protests have turned violent and some have said things about the President-elect we dare not say: “You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people” (Acts 23:5).
But, I do believe it’s time to turn our tears for the lost into action:
We need to share the message of Jesus with them: “Make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19).
We need to pay for the Lord to send reapers into the harvest: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt 9:37-38).
We need to pray for the lost: “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved” (Rom 10:1).
Weep for the lost. Go forth and share the blessed message of our Lord. Pray that others may join you in your sharing of the Gospel. Pray for the lost souls of men that they may come to know the Lord Jesus.