Reflection Before the Election

We’ve finally arrived at what is considered by most people to be a big day: Election Day 2020.
There are many who feel that if Biden wins, all hope is lost, and we are doomed.
There are many who feel that if Trump wins, all hope is lost, and we are doomed.
Both are wrong.
No matter who holds the title of “President of the United States,” on January 20, 2021, they will not hold the future.
Jesus is the Christ, the risen King, and He is on the throne.
Our hope for liberty, peace, prosperity, justice, health, fulfillment, and salvation is found in no other name.
When the Israelites were basking in the wealth and security of Solomon’s reign, God was on the throne. When they were being led in chains to Babylon God was on the throne.
When they were throwing palm branches at Jesus’ feet shouting “Hosanna,” God was on the throne. When the sky turned black as Jesus breathed his last on the cross, God was on the throne.
Empires have risen, and empires have fallen.
The Egyptians
The Persians
The Babylonians
The Greeks
The Phoenecians
The Persians (again)
The Macedonians
The Mauryans
The Romans
The Qing Dynasty
The Sassanids
The Mongols
The Yuan Dynasty
The British
The Soviets
All the while, the King is on His throne and His purposes march forward, undeterred.
Christian, if you are reading this, where does your hope come from? Who is your trust in?
We are called to be salt and light and our presence will never be more needed than in the coming days. Are we the Body of Christ? The hands and feet of the risen Savior? Trusted with the transforming power of the Gospel? Or are we partisans invested in humanist answers to spiritual problems?
There will be many angry and hurting in the coming days. Their hearts will be wide open to learn of the true source of hope. Will we be ready to give an answer for the faith that lies within us?
Be of good cheer and let not despair take hold of you. Meditate on these passages. Pray that God would position your heart to not concern yourself with earthly outcomes, but instead to be eager to rush into the spiritual battle that is unfolding. How beautiful are the feet of them that bring good news! Amen.
Philippians 4:4–7 (CSB)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 62:1–2, 5-8 (CSB)
      1 I am at rest in God alone;
      my salvation comes from him.
      2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
      my stronghold; I will never be shaken.
      5 Rest in God alone, my soul,
      for my hope comes from him.
      6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
      my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
      7 My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
      My refuge is in God.
      8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
      pour out your hearts before him.
      God is our refuge.
Psalm 97:1–12 (CSB)
      1 The LORD reigns! Let the earth rejoice;
      let the many coasts and islands be glad.
      2 Clouds and total darkness surround him;
      righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
      3 Fire goes before him
      and burns up his foes on every side.
      4 His lightning lights up the world;
      the earth sees and trembles.
      5 The mountains melt like wax
      at the presence of the LORD—
      at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
      6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
      all the peoples see his glory.
      7 All who serve carved images,
      those who boast in worthless idols, will be put to shame.
      All the gods must worship him.
      8 Zion hears and is glad,
      Judah’s villages rejoice
      because of your judgments, LORD.
      9 For you, LORD,
      are the Most High over the whole earth;
      you are exalted above all the gods.
      10 You who love the LORD, hate evil!
      He protects the lives of his faithful ones;
      he rescues them from the power of the wicked.
      11 Light dawns, for the righteous,
      gladness for the upright in heart.
      12 Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones,
      and give thanks to his holy name.
Psalm 47:1–9 (CSB)
      1 Clap your hands, all you peoples;
      shout to God with a jubilant cry.
      2 For the LORD, the Most High, is awe-inspiring,
      a great King over the whole earth.
      3 He subdues peoples under us
      and nations under our feet.
      4 He chooses for us our inheritance—
      the pride of Jacob, whom he loves.
      5 God ascends among shouts of joy,
      the LORD, with the sound of a ram’s horn.
      6 Sing praise to God, sing praise;
      sing praise to our King, sing praise!
      7 Sing a song of wisdom,
      for God is King of the whole earth.
      8 God reigns over the nations;
      God is seated on his holy throne.
      9 The nobles of the peoples have assembled
      with the people of the God of Abraham.
      For the leaders of the earth belong to God;
      he is greatly exalted.
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