That question seems to be echoing throughout media today – on all sides of the aisles, for or against all candidates still running. Apparently this is not Super Tuesday (Part 1), but the apocalypse. I truly believe that before the day is out I am going to read a sentence on the order of, “If you vote for X, the earth will fall out of its orbit into the sun.” There seems to be no hyperbole that is too hyperbolic.
Something is wrong in this nation and everybody knows it. But we seem so focused on the wrong that we can’t find our way to right. We are driven far more by our fear than we are by our desire to fix what is wrong. I too find myself quite fearful in this election cycle. I see far more pathways to a Hillary presidency than I do to any Republican president. That scares me right down to the marrow. But even that will not be the apocalypse.
Regardless of what happens later today, or though the rest of the election season, we have many opportunities in front of us to fix what ails this nation. If all the worry that is clearly vibrating through the nation today were converted to positive energy in pursuit of fixing our educational system, it would be centuries before any other nation could come close to catching us. If all the anxiety so plainly visible in the eyes of so many was expressed in prayer, the church in all its various incarnations would come once again to dominate our culture.
If we let this crazy, unpredictable, even insane election cycle rob us of our joy – the other side (and I am not talking Democrats here) wins.
In Second Corinthians, Paul writes of the church in Macedonia:
… that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. [emphasis added]
Here was a church, losing on the political front far more than we have lost, and yet they exhibited an abundance of joy and generosity! Yes, we are losing cultural battles – certainly a trial, but James says:
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,…
Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.
I do not know what is going to happen today, next week, and certainly not the week after that. I can honestly say that my faith in the American system is the lowest it has been in my life. I know the nation has gone through much darker times, but I have not. Nonetheless, God is in fact God, and even the United States of America pales in comparison.
I will not permit the vagaries of this world to rob me of the joy I have in the eternal.