Brace yourself! November is coming!
And with it, an increase in political phone calls, facebook rants, and media pundits all over the place either predicting paradise or pandemonium.
I remember (barely) watching Reagan winning over Dukakis in 1984. Seeing the electoral map on TV had a certain intrigue to it – even though it was colored nearly completely blue that night.
I remember the elections that followed – staying up nearly all night, following the elections. It was fun! I felt invested. It mattered to me. You can already sense that I’m at a different place this year?
With the utmost respect and thankfulness for those who have fought and died to secure my (and other’s) right to vote, I may just bow out this year. Part of me is asking – we have 310 million people living in the US, and these 2 are the ones running for president?
Then, I’m reminded of the sermon I was honored to preach last night. Psalm 46.
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Family member, friend, reader, I would like to remind you of a fact. There isn’t a person living in our country that can fix what is wrong with it, or this world. The verses in Psalm 46 spoke to quite a set of an events happening in Israel. And yet, the psalmist begins by pointing the reader upward to God, not outward, to the disastrous landscape.
Besides, God already knows. Do you recall the Biblical prophecies about the last days?
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.
11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.
But don’t be in dismay! The very next verses:
13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
I don’t know if we’re living in the official last days or not, but I do know that the world we live in very much resembles this set of verses, at least in parts.
A couple of notes:
Discussing politics to the point of damaging relationships with each other is ridiculous, and is not indicative of our faith or our Savior.
Having faith that a politician will finally get our country back on course – haven’t we learned our lesson? Men fail. Nations rise and fall. On the road, mountains are often followed by valleys. Why would we put our trust and hope on anything other than the stability of the faithfulness of God?
Political discourse does not excuse sin, including slander and pride. As we approach the hype that is the American electoral system, remember the words of one of my favorite verses:
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
In the meanwhile, I’ll be avoiding facebook (mostly) for a few months!