Prayers have been prayed. Speeches have been given. Votes have been cast. America now waits for the dust to settle. Who will be our next president?
At the time of this writing, it is Wed. morning Nov. 4, 2020 8:30 AM.
I would like to weigh in on some things pertaining to the election. Things are shifting, no question. This is not the country your grandparents knew. The country is very divided. Very. Divided.
First, some thoughts on the nature of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God spreads, invisibly, while the nations of this world operate in a visible sphere. Jesus’ people can be found on pretty much every continent. His people are not organized according to geographical boundaries. They don’t vote for their kingdom. The rise and fall of nations does not influence the kingdom of heaven. It marches on with no respect to political leaders.
The kingdom of heaven is run by Christ Jesus. His teachings transcend nationality, race, and socio-economic variances. As such, his reach is much broader. His words are regular and consistent. They do not change.
We note these things to say this. A Christian’s world is not tied up in this world. It really isn’t. Insofar as we tie our happiness to the preferences of this world, we will fail. So, let me encourage you to set your mind on things above. Aim to accumulate treasure where it is truly safe from hacking and banking failures.
Second, we do participate in the systems of this world. What do I mean? We vote. We pay taxes. We serve our country, towns, cities, and communities. We pick up trash in the parking lots. We volunteer to help others. We pray for our leaders.
What I’m getting at is, we do not cloister ourselves from people. We do not live in fear, hide, live at odds with people. We do live at odds with unbiblical values but not with people. We live out in the open and seek to bless the cities in which we live.
Finally, I know a guy…
I know a guy who says, “Love your neighbor.” One MAJOR distraction for us is to get angry and tied up in matters that are national in scope – ok, fine. However, anger at situations miles away from us or people we don’t even know, should not negate this beautiful command to love my neighbor. Want to make a difference? Love your neighbor. Be kind to the gas station clerk. Say hello to someone you pass on the sidewalk. Help your neighbor rake their leaves, cut their trees, do yard work.
This is one of the most foundational ways to make a difference in a divided country. There may not be too much we can do to change policy at federal levels but we can love our neighbors. Frustration at Washington DC has compromised more than a few people’s joy. The people next to us comprise our purview, not the people in Washington! Why overlook the people next to me because I’m angry at people I don’t even know?
Be at peace friends. Let’s do what we can and decline to worry about things we cannot change. In so doing, we reflect more correctly on the Master. And…lower our blood pressure.