I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
Not everyone on earth experienced an election yesterday. As a matter of fact, the overwhelming majority of folks on the planet did not stay up late last night to follow the minutiae of vote counting. It is even safe to say that only the tiniest sliver of the people now alive will ever know the name of your congressman. Hard to believe isn’t it?
That is not to belittle the significance of the election, or your perspective, or your passion. Rather to point out what I believe is a significant truth. There are bigger things going on.
One man once wrote “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Truth be told (and I hope to be telling the truth) we are always just an election away from abject terror. A part of this truth is that folks from the most diverse parts of the political spectrum agree with this. They are crazily convinced that if their side doesn’t hold sway we will suffer fascist genocide, or communist oppression.
All the more reason, for me and you, to remember a bigger thing.
Doing so might even help us avoid the terror our neighbors expect to suffer.
That writer I referenced earlier also wrote “we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.”
An ambassador represents the interests of her homeland.
Our homeland is a place where the values include forgiveness. We know that this is the only way forward, the only way to shed the resentments and burdens.
Our homeland is a place of humility. It is really, really difficult to overstate this. We are a bit less harsh when we understand our limitations.
Our homeland is a place of welcome. Anyone who comes here “I will in no wise cast out.”
Our homeland is a place of hope. On this we stand today. That election we just experienced? The best that can happen is gridlock. But in our homeland we are ever nearer the realization of our hope. Every second of every minute.
In a world of harsh rhetoric and action we stand out as ambassadors who show kindness and encouragement.
This, you see, is the bigger thing that is going on. It has to go on. It transcends every border and every election.
I want in on it today as never before.