Well, on this Election Day in America, I finally decided to weigh in on “the state of the Union,” but not in the way you might think. Although I have read very few media reports, I’ve kept abreast (through my spiritual twin brother) of the major highlights (or should I say antics) of this election. Let’s just say, I warned you.
But my reflections today are not about the election itself. For in anything like this, I look at a much bigger picture. This message is mainly for my Christian brothers and sisters in America. For years, I pleaded with God to “awaken His sleeping bride” in the U.S. I saw (for the most part) a people that were primarily caught up with their own self-interest and comfort, and not focused on the Kingdom of God. They seemed happy to be saved, but then go on with their life, expecting their salvation just meant they now had a God who would bless them.
But I believe the rapid decline in the U.S. over the past few years, culminating with the escalating chaos surrounding this election, has finally served to answer that prayer. For the most part, the (true) church finally appears to be eyes wide open and sober minded regarding the times we are living in.
But these times are not ones that should bring fear and anxiety upon us. No matter what is happening in the political arenas, not just in the U.S., but around the world, the church needs to remember these important truths found in scripture:
1 Why do the nations conspire (rage)
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed MY king
on Zion, my holy mountain.” (Psalm 2:1-6 NIV – emphasis added)
“So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!” (Luke 21:28 NLT)
In times like these, we need to remember that our hope lies, not in the stability of the kingdoms of this world, but in a “Kingdom that cannot be shaken,” (Hebrews 12:28) “a Kingdom that will never be destroyed,” (Daniel 2:44), and of which “His government and peace will never end.” (Isaiah 9:7).