Fear Not, Love Much…
Someone who is the antithesis of what many of us hold to be truly Christian values will now lead the country.
We are in shock, wondering what will happen the those on the margins of society, minorities, migrants, the ill, and the elderly…those of us on the margins cannot yet define all our emotions.
I’ve been preaching a lot about exile, which is the true state of the Christian dwelling in this world.
Exile from your country is difficult, but the difficulties of this exile have been multiplied as many of us are also in exile from the greater Body of Christ in this country.
We cannot exult with some of our brethren in earthly political power that we believe doesn’t reflect the life and teachings of Jesus.
Our calling is to love and respect those who believe that good has triumphed, though we cannot agree.
This morning, I believe that God has given the church in America what it wanted and we will see if if we have been given Saul to rule us.
This morning, I have to grab my Bible with both hands to keep from despair.
It tells me that as we wake up to a world where everything has changed, nothing has changed.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Our God reigns.
This is an opportunity for those who care for the work of the kingdom to throw off the last chains of nationalism and partisan politics and fully become the remnant that we were intended to be.
Persecution will come from within the church, not from the outside, and it must be met with the same grace and love that we want to extend to those who will need to see Jesus unencumbered by earthly baggage.
We must meet all of these challenges with the tools we have been given…sacrificial love and death to self that overcomes the world.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”
(2 Corinthians 2:14–17 ESV)
We are not sufficient for these things, but He will make us so in our circles of influence.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.””
(Revelation 21:1–5 ESV)
May the Lord give you peace and fill you with His hope today as we journey together toward a city not built with hands.