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5 Essential Biblical Doctrines Our Kids Need When the Wicked Seem to Prosper

We all know this election season has been quite contentious. Name-calling has been the chief earmark of campaigning in 2016 and as parents, I am sure that you, too, have had to shield your children from the circus that our political system has become. On Wednesday we woke up to the reality that Donald Trump will be our next president.

Watching my social media feed this week, I can feel the heartache of parents trying to figure out how to explain these results to their children (although, arguably, the alternative result was not much more promising). We have witnessed a resounding lack of character in Trump, and now he will serve as president of our country for the next four years.

So, how do we help our kids reason through such news? There are many things we do not want our children to emulate in our soon-to-be leader, but instead of dreading these conversations, we need to see them as opportunities to teach our children important biblical doctrines.

1. God is Sovereign Over Every Leader

This is not a new truth. God has been in charge of every person to take office or sit on a throne throughout the history of mankind. We see this illustrated with Moses and the Egyptian king in Exodus. God tells Moses exactly what needs to happen to change the King’s heart, and then tells Moses that He will do exactly that. God changed the heart of the King and saved His people. Paul reminds believers in Rome that "there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” This presidential election did not take God by surprise. He knew it would happen, and He has a plan for everyone elected on November 8, as well as each one of us.