[Please Note: I’m writing this on U.S. Election Day a bit before 3pm Central Time, have not looked at any news source all day so do not have a sense of what’s up with the current election as I write. I voted early, several days ago.]
So… who “wins”?
Well, I would say ultimately, God. But in the short, terrestrial term, nobody ever fully “wins” nor “loses regarding an election in a democracy. Both sides end up paying taxes for things they don’t support, perhaps even outright despise, or in the sense of true followers of Jesus, believe to be totally against both Christ and what the Lord commands regarding love of God and neighbor. This is true in any election as far as I can see.
Will the world end? I believe it will one day, but not due to an election by humans. All in His time.
The real issue for me and I do think for those who follow Jesus is this: how can we best love and reflect HIS love to those we may completely disagree with on matters of importance to God? How can we manifest grace, compassion and for that matter, agree on those things we DO agree about… with those whom we may consider (or vice versa) “enemies”?
If the meek shall inherit the earth, and if Jesus’ Own one-off self-description was (is) truly clear: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” -how might we join Him in the face of opposition? What sort of witness of Jesus Christ are we toward those we are angry, disgusted with, perhaps afraid of?
Have you ever thought about HIS mind toward those HE loved/loves as they trash people from political, financial and military positions of power and control? Unjust judges. Scam artists? Go down the list, and if you think about it HE HIMSELF was the object of intense abuse from all of these sorts of people during HIs earthly ministry.
His very Name is a source of disgust and harsh judgement in much of today’s world.
“Nothing new under the sun” is there?
I think the more you and I trust God’s love and share it with others, the more of us all win regardless of who occupies places of power in our world.
What somehow popped into my mind this morning was that we are soon to attend to another Advent (“waiting”) considering Jesus’ coming into our world that we might enter His for eternity. That’s when I remembered a phrase from Handel’s amazing holiday classic that quotes Scripture at core: “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”(Rev. 11.15)
Sure, in the end God wins. Meanwhile, some we win, some we lose -at least in terms of some of what we hoped to accomplish and receive.
Give thanks- people didn’t put Jesus on the throne and people have no power to take it from Him. Keep (or get) your focus on Him and loving your neighbor and watch what God does though your lovING others with His power, grace and kindness.
Or of course, you could just grumble and complain, wallow in your misery, anger or fear and call it “faith, hope and love”. Ahhhh… maybe not the best way to respond regardless of who sits in the White House.
Meanwhile we are commanded (!) to pray for our leaders including those in governments -regardless. To “Do all you do in love”.
Things to consider on this and perhaps any day, even when it’s an Election Day.