Election Day Hope
Early voting for the 58th U.S. presidential election is well under way and the alleged impending day of doom, November 8th, is right around the corner. The well-funded propaganda warships have ramped up their vicious attacks from every media outlet. Dire consequences for America are prophesied by both parties if the other candidate is elected to power.
Here is something that you haven’t seen on any yard sign, heard in any debate, or read in any party platform. Who becomes the 45th president is inconsequential if we, the American people, do not ultimately invest our time, energy, thought and other resources in building the Kingdom of God instead of the Kingdom of America. More than who serves as president of the United States of America, what really matters is your honest answer to this question: “Is God the true center of your universe?”
Our pledge of allegiance declares America is “one nation under God,” but we are a God ignoring people. It is the very air we breathe. We breathe God ignoring air. The implication is startling. It means that virtually everything we’ve heard from both presidential campaigns is shallow, superficial and totally unlike the character of God. Most of those involved in the political frenzy are spending millions and millions of dollars in pursuit of temporary power while opposing God almighty himself. Not all, but most.
Jonathan Edwards died before the United States ever existed, but we need his vision of God in America today. Edwards saw all of life through the lens of Scripture. He saw God everywhere and in everything and therefore understood what makes the human heart truly satisfied.
“The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the ocean. Why should we labor for, or set our hearts on, anything else, but that which is our ultimate satisfaction, eternal life?”
That’s exactly what God asks in Isaiah 55:2, “Why do you labor for that which does not satisfy?”
Back to the election and my next question. Have you ever truly and completely been satisfied by what any political power broker has promised? I’m not saying there aren’t important issues at stake in this election, there are. We should vote. We should be informed. We should be concerned for and pray for governing authorities. And if we discern God’s call to advance his work in the universe through any level of government and or campaigns, then we should all act in obedience.
But let’s keep things in proper perspective. The main work of our lives is not advancing a superficial political vision for America. Our most vital work is to become a God centered people who are sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ all around the globe. We are to seek satisfaction in the “Substance,” that is “the Sun,” “the Ocean.” We are to ask, seek, and knock (Luke 11:9) until the reality of “Christ is all and is in all” (Colossians 3:11) takes a firm hold on our hearts and our minds are renewed (Romans 12:2) and we are abiding in Jesus himself (John 15:5).
As we endure the final media blitz, the urgent partisan pleas, passionate gloom and doom social media posts, vote ourselves and wait for the final results, let’s remember what really matters and where true peace, true prosperity, true joy, true satisfaction, true success and true life ultimately comes from.
See you in worship. I am praying for you, please pray for me, and in the days ahead, please pray that America, and we who call her home, will one day soon truly become “one nation under God.”
“Connecting people to people and people to God.”