Can I get an “amen?”
Stone throwing and name calling. Back peddling and flip-flopping. E-mails. Scandals. Debates that come with parental advisories. Stick a fork in me and say it with me:
I. Am. Done.
Amazingly, and by the grace of God, I’m sure, I have made it through the day without a shred of nervousness, anxiety, or heartburn. I am not going to stay up late. I am not going to agonize. I am going to read to my kids, wash my face, brush my teeth and go to bed.
I plan to sleep like a baby.
Tomorrow, at three-thirty, I will get up. We will have a new president. I don’t know who it will be. But I’m not worried about it.
Not a bit.
Not even a smidge.
And here’s why:
All day long, like a sacred echo on repeat, the words of Jesus have played in my mind; a beautiful chorus sung by heavenly choirs. The Word of God (the Bible) is alive and active (Heb. 4:12). That means what Christ spoke two-thousand years ago still rings true today.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”[i]
This verse comes at the end of a long discourse on worry, where Jesus tells us that “life is more than food” and “the body is more than clothes.”[ii] He exhorts the crowds to remember that their Father in Heaven, who takes such tender care of the ravens, will meet their needs, too.
I am comforted by the knowledge that Jesus never lobbied the Roman Senate, nor did He petition the local government.
He simply healed one body, touched one heart, and saved one life, at a time.
Don’t get me wrong and please don’t misread me. This is an important election, and one I have not taken lightly. I am aware of the implications for my religious freedom, and I am not ignorant of difficulties that will surely arise.
But I stubbornly refuse to get rattled.
I stubbornly refuse to give in to fear.
There is too much at stake and too many are watching.
Instead, I will take God at His Word.
Instead, I will trust in His promises.
Friends, He never said it would be easy. He never said the road would be smooth. He never, not ever, even once, implied that we would not suffer.
He never promised us a Christian nation or a corruption-free government.
He promises us the Kingdom. That is where our citizenship lies, and that is how we should behave.
With dignity. Oozing with grace and dripping with mercy. Generously giving and lavishly loving.
One person, one heart, one life at a time, remember?
And we establish His Kingdome on earth.
I’ll take that over a Democracy any day.
God bless you, and God bless America.
[i] Luke 12:32, ESV
[ii] Luke 12:23 ESV