November 9: The Day After

November 9: The Day After

November 9…the day after one of the most contentious, vitriolic presidential election seasons in our recent past (this was my 8th presidential election to vote in). Some of us are rejoicing, some of us are despairing, and many of us are confused as to what direction our nation will pursue. But as we declared time and time again in our God & Politics series: our ultimate hope is not in a president, political party, or platform but in the Risen Lord Jesus and His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. That truth and reality still stands firm on November 9, the day after (and on November 10, two days after…and on November 11, three days after…and on and on). “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

As followers of Jesus, I want to encourage and exhort all of us to be agents of hope right now. Over the coming days, weeks, and months, many of us will engage people who are frustrated, angry, and despondent over the results of the presidential election. We have an opportunity to compassionately listen. More importantly, we have an opportunity “to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). We have an opportunity to plant seeds of the good news of Jesus that transcends all human politics. Let us not get drawn into the partisan divide. Let us not get drawn into the rhetoric of anger and desperation. Instead, let us be agents of hope. Let us pray that God would have mercy on us as a nation. Let us pray that God would change the lives and hearts of our elected leaders to pursue laws and policies of goodness and justice (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Let us pray that God would empower and embolden followers of Jesus to be agents of hope.

I close with a powerful quote from Jared Wilson’s The Story of Everything:

The importance and fundamental purpose of the church is to keep pointing away from the world for the hope of the world. While everyone else points to government, family, good deeds, and whatever else as The Secret [to life], the church keeps pointing to the alien, heavenly power of grace as the hope for our problems and for our false hopes. Only the good news of Jesus is the answer to everything. And only this good news makes us new and satisfies our longings for connection with God and with our fellow man and for significance in the world.

Go be the Church for our world for such a time as this!

Pastor Jonathan

 

 

6 Comments
  • Cherrie Herrin-Michehl
    Posted at 09:41h, 09 November Reply

    Thanks for the profound reminder. As I write last week in my FaKebook 😉 post, we are called to love graciously, to be the salt and the light. Jesus is out true, lasting, glorious hope. May we all love well regardless of political slants. ~

    • jonathan alexander
      Posted at 15:05h, 10 November Reply

      Cherrie, I agree that this is an opportune time for followers of Jesus to graciously and lovingly point people to a better and higher hope. Presidents, political parties, and policies will come and go, but Jesus is FOREVER!

  • Heidi Brummer-Parrent
    Posted at 10:25h, 09 November Reply

    Well said Jonathan. I agree totally. Jesus is coming again soon! This is our opportunity to witness. Showing love is so very important.
    God bless you.
    Heidi Brummer

    • jonathan alexander
      Posted at 15:04h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you Heidi. I do agree that we have an amazing opportunity to share the good news and hope of Jesus!

  • Maryann Chandler
    Posted at 19:51h, 09 November Reply

    Love what you had to say. Thank you very much for the reminder!! Maryann

    • jonathan alexander
      Posted at 15:04h, 10 November Reply

      Thanks Maryann!

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