This cycle party unity appears not around the candidate, but around opposition to the other teams candidate. It seems like nobody loves their candidate, some are even disgusted by their candidate, but everybody knows their candidate is better than the other sides candidate. Somebody is going to win this election, so my question is how will the nation function when whoever wins will be so utterly reviled by the opposition, and not terribly adored by their own side? After eight years of the “my way or the highway” administration running an almost entirely negative election does not strike this commentator as a bright idea.
The United States is at its best when it is animated by a positive and optimistic outlook. Even when confronted by a crisis, this nation has overcome by knowing it can make something better from that crisis. That said, in light of this election cycle, I again ask, how are we going to be the nation we have been historically? There is no vision in this election, there is only opposition. Is it really true that all we have as a nation is complaint and dissatisfaction?
It may be true that such is all we have in our electoral politics, but it is my sincere hope and prayer that we have more as a nation – we just need to look for it in different places.
Jesus sent out a group to spread the word saying, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” That seems to reflect the current state of our nation. I meet so many good people every day, people of vision and good intent – people who want to build something not purely be opposed to something else. They are the harvest.
Jesus came at a time of grave discontent in government. Everybody around Him hated Roman oppression and He showed the local governance to be corrupt as well. Yet He did not stand in opposition to that governance, He simply stood for something better – something much better.
We need His church now more than ever in American history. Are we up for it?