It’s been a week since an extremely divisive presidential election and yeah, there’s a lot going on. There’s a lot of hurt, fear, confusion, and dismay. A lot of rioting, a lot of mocking; tight fists and pointed fingers.
I don’t claim to know what will bridge this political divide — but what (who) I do know is a Savior who’s faithful to meet us in our brokenness. I know that my deepest need isn’t political revolution but spiritual revival.
If you’re like me, you may feel at a loss for words. You may feel like sticking your head in the sand. Maybe you do feel like entering the squabble with a grimaced face and crossed arms, ready to defend the president-elect or the person you had hoped would be president-elect.
But there’s some really crucial words that this hurting world needs to hear and they have a lot less to do with presidential elections and a lot more to do with grace and mercy. And maybe we need this chaos and turmoil to understand more fully that we’re in desperate need for the heart of God.
It’s when our spirit is heavy that his embrace is even sweeter.
It’s when our pain is so crushing that his presence is experienced.
It’s when our wounds are deep that we’re most astounded by his glory.
As we move forward into a new season, I’m pondering a few questions and inviting you to do the same:
- What if we channeled the same intensity we poured into furthering our political agendas into disciple-making?
- What if our actions reflected a burning desire to further the kingdom of God — rather than reflecting an unwavering loyalty to a political party?
- What if we acted radically different in this cultural moment by entering into these discussions with open minds and compassionate hearts?
- What if we were more concerned with someone knowing Jesus more than we were concerned about whether they identified as a democrat, republican, liberal, or conservative?
With these thoughts in mind, I’m pulling my head out of the sand. I’m putting my trembling heart into the hands of a bold Savior who’s given me the courage to walk into this mess and welcome these wounds. Take heart, my friends. He has overcome the world.