How will I respond if Trump wins Ohio today; wins the nomination? How should I respond? Does that really change my world or is God the same today, yesterday and tomorrow? Are we, the human race, still the same fractured, wounded, glorious creation of that unchanging God? Win or lose, do those who have taken His name as our own, still have Jesus living in us? Win or lose, do we still have the power of love?
A win by Trump represents to me a choice to teach our children that mean-spirited bravado and arrogance are to be lauded. A win by Trump speaks to me of disenchanted people desperate for a way out where the dreamed of ends, justify the reality of the ugly means.
But if I fall apart or despair over this possible win, I will be choosing to live in the smaller story. Jesus calls us to the reality of the larger story.
We were not made to live and breathe based on how a government or country can impact our lives. We were certainly not made to live and breathe based on a man.
“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’” Acts 17:24-28
Yes, the brokenness of man is something to be mourned. We should seek to be aware of this brokenness, learn from our brokenness, purpose to obtain healing of our own personal brokenness and offer the hope of healing to others. We should not be stopped dead in our tracks by this brokenness. Because, love really does win.
“in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
That is the message of Easter. Jesus, the One who is Love, has won life for us. Abundant life. Not a heart’s-still-beating life. A triumphant life.
There’s a story in which disciples of Jesus (Peter and John) had healed a man in Jesus’ name and the religious leaders of the day were freaking out that many people were believing in Christ as a result. The leaders felt their own authority was threatened. So they arrested Peter and John and began questioning them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
“With that, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, let loose: “Rulers and leaders of the people, if we have been brought to trial today for helping a sick man, put under investigation regarding this healing, I’ll be completely frank with you—we have nothing to hide. By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you killed on a cross, the One God raised from the dead, by means of his name this man stands before you healthy and whole. Jesus is ‘the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.’ Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.” Acts 4:10-12 MSG
All righty-then! That’s the power of the larger story! Back to my question on how I should react to a possible Trump win. How should I react to any win of an election?
One answer is spelled out in Micah 6:8 – “And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Yep, “to do justice” for me includes expressing why I think Trump is not the kind of leader we should be electing.
Yep, “to love kindness” includes pointing out his lack of kindness. But it also demands I turn the mirror on myself and examine why and when do I not choose kindness.
Yep, “to walk humbly” means to acknowledge I don’t know the whole story playing out in the heavenlies; so despair over this election is not a reasonable reaction for one who trusts in God.
Another answer is found in Romans 8:39 – Remember “that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. And so my role in His love story is to just keep on loving in response to his love for us.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out all fear.
Today I choose to respond to your love Jesus. Yes!