This election has been unprecedented in many ways, and it has truly wrecked my heart. As a Christian who values character, honor, truth and grace, I have seen very little of these aspects in this presidential election. Words fall from mouths full of lies, slander and feathers to tickle our ears. It grieves me that this theatre performed upon the world’s stage is symptomatic of the underlying woes of our society. The absence of truth and reason has left our country unhinged, gravely divided, and tossed by the wind.
This election is the representation of all the wild lawlessness within our human heart. It reflects our outrage, desire to win, craving to lift oneself up and put others down, lust for money, need for control, hunger for power, and proclivity to selfishness. No politician can save us from such darkness that stirs within our hearts – only Jesus Christ is our ultimate Savior from sin.
In the midst of the collective angst in our country, I find myself processing various stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) because it feels as though we are losing our Republic and that the Christian church in America is weakened. Yet, amid all of this chaos, I am thankful.
- I am thankful that God has wrenched loose my grip on this lesser kingdom to remind me of His greater Kingdom. As Christians, we are citizens of heaven, and God’s Kingdom will never be shaken. (Heb 12:28) Have we forgotten that we are not here to save the Republic, but we are to be ambassadors of Christ for the saving of souls?
- I am thankful for a renewed focus upon prayer for the peoples in the U.S. and for God’s glory to be lifted high. Let us dust off our knees and return to this neglected discipline of spiritual warfare. Why have we waited until a crisis to bring forth more fervent prayer for the lostness in our country?
- I am thankful that the days of challenge and struggle ahead will likely bring forth a stronger and truer embodiment of God’s people. May we embrace God’s shaking of the foundations of America to return to our First Love. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor 4: 17-18)
- I am thankful that this election magnifies the spiritual context and needs of this country in order that we may spur one another on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:14)
I do not know upon what issues we will need to take a stand, but I know we must stand upon the Rock. I do not know what economic or political challenges we will face, but I know we must not fear and we must not be dismayed because God is with us.
Rather than placing our hope in the dismal choice of a liar or a lunatic, we need to return to our LORD. “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25-26) Our confidence moving forward is in the Sovereignty and character of our God. He is still King; he remains on the throne.
My prayer for myself and for the people in my country is not that we would save the Republic. (Though, I will grieve if it were lost.) My prayer is that we would return to our first love. May we remember from where we have fallen, repent, and do the work that we are here to do — to go into the world, make disciples, and share the Hope that we have an ultimate Savior in Jesus.