This is an interesting time in America. We’ve got a presidential election that appears to be flying off the rails at unprecedented speeds. We’ve got racial tension, moral confusion, and ethical chaos. It’s enough to make Christians wonder what this world is coming to.
The answer is that the world isn’t coming to anything new. It is and always has been lost, confused, chaotic, and disturbed. We have been living under the delusion in the U.S. that the world basically loves God, that the world basically believes the Bible. We have felt far removed from all of the terror and tragedy and loss that has been going on in the world (and down the street) for all these years.
But, here we are. America suddenly feels foreign. Christianity is being pushed to the fringes of society. Morality doesn’t seem important anymore. Everyone is truly doing whatever seems right in their own eyes, and saying that something isn’t right is committing the ultimate of all evils: judging. From transgender locker rooms in Washington to masturbation booths in New York City to sex trafficking in our own backyard to aborted baby parts to the highest bidder, Jesus seems less and less a part of the American equation. Christians are either angry or sheepish or terrified or all of the above.
The thing is that God has never, not for one single second, lost control of this place. He has never been caught off guard. He has never been confused or worried. And, somehow we Christians, His own children, we who should know His goodness, mercy, loving-kindness, gentleness, might, power, sovereignty more than anyone else, we fret about where this world is headed. We wring our hands and pace the floor, while almighty God sits firmly on His throne, Jesus ruling perfectly at His right hand. This world is held tight in the hands of the Savior.
So, the reality is that everything is really going to be okay.
No matter who is elected president. No matter how bad things get in this broken, fallen world. No matter how many heartaches we face or how many betrayals we endure. In the end of all things, we will see with our own eyes just how good He has been through it all. He hasn’t missed anything. He isn’t overwhelmed. One day He will set every little thing right again.
We are here to glorify His name. To make Him famous. To take the bad news of sin and the good news of a Savior to the very ends of this Earth. The mission doesn’t end even if America goes down in flames. We can shout His name from rooftops or whisper it in secret rooms, but let our concern be for His glory and not our comfort. He blesses in mansions on free American hilltops, and He blesses in slums in the most oppressed places on the planet. Our trust in God cannot be intertwined with our trust in this country. Man-made endeavors always disappoint. But, God never breaks His promises. He is freedom. Let His freedom ring.
The Great I Am still is. Let’s live like we really believe it.