Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Who were you hoping would heal America?

Seems like a good day to return to this... on many different levels.  This was originally posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

Conservative-minded people will range from mild depression to anger to living in the pit of outright despair today.  I can relate.  But...

If you're a follower of Christ, remember what he taught us to pray:  "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

What is the kingdom?  The kingdom is the powerful rule of Jesus Christ (in word and deed), through which he is bringing God’s healing to every single aspect of human life in this world.

Who were you hoping would bring that kingdom to bear upon this world?  Whose responsibility is it? 

It's not Mitt Romney's responsibility.  It's not the responsibility of the office of the President of the United States of America, a country that only came into existence a short 236 years ago. 

Christ’s church is the community through which his kingdom is coming into this world. 

Has last night's election results changed something?  No.

We are still called to proclaim the gospel of Christ (in word and deed), which alone has the power to transform any person, any family, any relationship, any community, any work, any institution, any city, any nation.

We are still called to live in the cross-shaped truth and reality of his kingdom -- in our worship, our community-life, our mission, & our disciple-making. 

Christians, we're still living the same story the church was living back in the days of Emperor Nero. 

Of course, we pray for godly leaders who will rule with wisdom.  We make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for all people (including our "kings" & all others in high positions).  We want to live peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way (1 Timothy 1.1,2).   

Some political realities may be more conducive to that "peace" from our perspective than others... but remember who heals the world. 

It's not the president.  It's the church -- bringing the kingdom to bear, proclaiming and living out the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

And to that end King Jesus will cause temporary things like nations to rise and he will cause them to fall.  Is he doing one or the other right now?  I don't know.

But I do know this -- he's ruling in such a way that will ultimately advance his kingdom.

Perhaps... just perhaps... he's ruling in the way he's ruling right now to teach his American church that we're going to have to grow up and take the responsibility of salt and light for this world.

There will be no "easy" solutions that come with the magic of circling in an oval on a ballot sheet. 

Maybe in the past when God gave the church more peace and freedom, we didn't use it to seek the kingdom.  Instead, maybe we became presumptuous and lazy. 

Follow Christ and seek his kingdom, Christian.  What you do with your life matters.  What we do together in our worship, our community-life, our mission, and our disciple-making matters.

It matters far more than who sits in the oval office.

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