There are two large groups of people in America today. They are the winners and the losers. The happy and the sad. The glad and the mad. The hopeful and the discouraged.
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Regardless of the group you belong to, the good Lord has a word for you: You must build your hope on nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness. The winners and losers need hearts guarded by this transcendent truth. America’s victory was not secured Tuesday night. No American election can accomplish what we need.
Sustained happiness does not come through political agendas or humanistic worldviews (Deuteronomy 33:29). Our best and worst presidents have collectively failed in bringing what Americans need.
Poverty, unemployment, sickness, and death will always be undefeated in a fallen world (Genesis 3:16-19). The next two, four, or six years will be more of the same. Only when our true Ruler returns to reverse the curse will things be great again. Placing hope in a party or person is like putting a band-aid on a cancer patient.
A Purpose in a Fallen Place
It is fascinating and faith-filling to observe how Jesus lived in and responded to the political system of His day. Though He did not agree with that fallen political system, He lived confidently within the constraints of that system.
He knew who He was and what He was about (Luke 2:49). He did not have misplaced hope or purpose. His goal was not to make Israel great again but to make people better by introducing them to the transformative gospel (Matthew 10:34-39). The three planks of His platform were:
- For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10
- Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again.” – John 3:7
- 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
What a fantastic purpose in life: making people better by introducing them to the gospel. Any other objective that replaces that purpose will not satisfy (Jeremiah 2:13; John 4:14). Driving anchors deep in this terrestrial ball, expecting to find hope will lead to undeniable fruitlessness and despair (Hebrews 11:9).
They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. – Mark 4:18-19
The real test for you today is to assess where you place your hope. What are your controlling thoughts? That is the question. If you’re more critical than hope-filled, the role of the government–whether good or bad from your perspective–is more important to you than the purpose of God in your life.
That Little Light of Yours
The Lord puts His most profound works on display during difficult times. During seasons of unrest and discouragement, the grace of God is the perfect antidote to impact any culture.
In God’s economy, the darker the sin, the brighter the grace of God. Love comes from death (John 12:24). Healing comes from brokenness. The death of Christ was not the end of hope but the beginning of everlasting life.
I voted though I’m not a follower of any politician or party. I follow King Jesus because of the grace of God, and He is ruling just as much today as He was yesterday (Hebrews 13:8). Nothing has changed for the Christian. Jesus is Lord. He is reigning over all lives.
Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. – Matthew 28:5-6
There is only one reason to be discouraged today. If Christ is not the Lord of your life, your life is futile (Ephesians 4:17). If your candidate did not win, it’s okay. He was never intended to be your candidate.
Do you now believe? Behold, the hour is coming when you will be scattered, each to his own home. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. – John 16:31-33
Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing?
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus,
it is he; Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.
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