We’re about to witness what might be one of the most divisive yet monumental elections in American history.
Some of us will rejoice with the results tonight and some of us will fall asleep weeping for what the election may mean for this country. Either way, it will be our reality.
But I refuse for that reality to stifle my sense of possibility. An election can determine who sits in political offices but it is God who is ultimately in control.
Now is the time for Christians to live the message of Christ. Maybe, more than ever before, we will be invited outside our comfort zones where living what we believe won’t be as easy. And dare I say, that may be the best thing that has happened to Christians in a very long time.
It’s one thing to hold fast to traditional principles, but a completely different thing to act whole-heartedly upon them.
It’s easy to say abortion is wrong, but let’s walk beside and support that woman who chooses life.
It’s easy to think we should help the poor, but let’s also write that check from our own bank accounts to do so.
It’s easy to point out wrongs in other people, but let’s also examine the many places we ourselves fall so short.
It’s easy to point out problems, but let’s also sacrifice our time to be part of the solution.
These are the choices that being a Christian is supposed to propel us to make. With grace and gentleness and humble spirits, we are to be more than a band of people labeled as conservatives. We are to actively be Christ’s hands and feet in this world.
Jesus never called us to the comfortable life. He called us to follow Him through whatever life hands us.
Jesus never waited for the circumstances of the times to line up in His favor. He called us to follow Him and be light in the darkness.
And in following Jesus, an air of excited expectancy will be breathed fresh in our souls.
Abraham Lincoln once said to a very divided country, “We are not enemies, but friends … though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.”
Now is the time to be representatives of truth to all those around us. May we Christians be seen not as those who continue to strain against the unity of our country, but as followers of Jesus, who shine the light of His eternal hope.
Now is the time… today is the day… to follow Jesus like never before.