…Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:10
Once again we are faced with an election. And once again we are being told "this may be the most important election of our lifetime." You may believe that but I've been hearing that same line for the last 40 years. I'm not suggesting that this election is unimportant; I'm simply suggesting that I get tired of the hype.
When is the political wrangling ever going to end? Who is going to lead, who is going to win, who is going to save? Will it ever end?
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's great classic novel, The Scarlet Letter, it was following the delivery of his Election Day sermon that Pastor Arthur Dimmesdale died. That may have been Nathaniel Hawthorne's way of throwing his own jab upon the whole political game. (Pastor Dimmesdale's adulterous relationship with Hester Prynne didn't kill him, but writing and then giving an Election Day sermon could kill just about anyone!)
The answer is, of course, there will be no end…at least not in this life. One might hope that a political consensus might eventually be reached but it won't. Instead there will forever be a battle over ideas as any society, lacking a common ground authority, is doomed to never reach a consensus.
The Kingdom of God is not that way. It is theocratic, believing that truth is conveyed from heaven to mankind and that our duty is to obey, not to debate and divide. "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" was Peter's confession of Jesus. Jesus' reply to that confession is key: "Flesh and blood did not reveal this (truth) to you, but my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 16:17). That is, you didn't figure this out, or reach this truth by argument or discussion. Rather, Peter, the truth you have spoken has come by revelation from God.
Long ago, in our nation's history, the suggestion that divine revelation could be or should be a guiding light for our nation was a generally and widely accepted conviction. But those days are past. Indeed, so hard has been the swing AGAINST the church and religion that the very suggestion that the Bible addresses various issues that we today face (moral issues, economic issues, justice, etc) is used as an argument against those who would try and use the Bible in defense of their positions. Mob rule is where we are heading. Mark my words. "Might will make right" and as the church stands on the side of the meek (who will, in the end, inherit the earth), the church will suffer. Yes, I know I sound pessimistic…and maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this election and the elections to come will reveal that our nation is shifting back towards a Kingdom of God mentality. Wouldn't that be good! Time will tell. But for now please do VOTE. While we all still have that great privilege, VOTE…and pray!