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.
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?
But don’t be in dismay! The very next verses:
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:
In the meanwhile, I’ll be avoiding facebook (mostly) for a few months!