The morning after … the American election
There are two big groups of people in America today. You could call them the winners and the losers. The happy and the sad. The glad and the mad. The hopeful and the discouraged. Regardless of the group you may belong to, the LORD has a word for you:
If you are a Christian, your hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness.
Both the optimist and the cynic probably needs to guard his/her heart today. Our victory was not secured on Tuesday night. No American election could accomplish such a lofty feat.
Success, victory, or sustained happiness has never been secured through a political system or humanistic agendas. Even those who adore Ronald Reagan did not see the changes which needed to happen in order to secure hope and lasting peace.
Abortion reigned before Reagan’s time in office and after he left. Poverty, unemployment, sickness, and death continues to conquer its victims. Things will be no different for the next four years.
Only the return of our true President and King will bring the hope and change we need. Anything else, whether democrat, republican, or independent is like putting a band-aid on a cancer patient.
Your purpose in a fallen world
It is fascinating and faith filling to observe how our Savior lived in and responded to the political system of His day. Though He did not agree with the system He lived confidently within the constraints of the system.
He could do this because He knew who He was and what He was about. He did not have misplaced hope or purpose. He did not come to make Israel a better place to live, but to make people better through regeneration (Matthew 10:34-39).
- Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again. – John 3:7 (ESV)
- For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10 (ESV)
- I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose. – Luke 4:43 (ESV)
If your purpose is anything other than making people better by informing them about the Savior, you will probably be disappointed in this life. Driving anchors deep while expecting to find hope in this world leads to inevitable fruitlessness. We are not of this world (Hebrews 11:9).