It helps me to step back and view the upheaval to come with an eye to some longer term history. I have now been through many such elections in my long life. There have been many changes in our society. Some of those are for the better as there has been progress in protecting the rights of some groups in our nation, and that has been a great thing. But there have been other changes that I feel are disastrous. There has been an on-going, unrelenting attack on the family that has had and will continue to have some terrible consequences. Morality has also been under attack.
I reflected this week on the fact that despite the many changes that have occurred, both for good and for ill, the way I live my life day to day has changed very little. Oh, there certainly have been changes wrought by our medical system and by the revolution in personal computers, smart phones and the Internet. But I refer more to the substance of my life. I am free to make decisions about my life as I always have. Were I to feel the need to change jobs or move to a different location I would be free to do so. I don’t feel that need, but if I did I could change as I have all my life. I am free to live by my convictions as I always have. I can freely worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ as I always have. I can relate to people in the same ways that I have my entire life.
My point, I suppose, is that as we are inundated with political rhetoric that makes it seem like the world is sure to end if voters don’t make the right choices, perhaps what we most need to do is stay calm. Keep it all in perspective. What I really need to do is trust that God is the one who rules. He is sovereign, so I can relax in knowing his plan is ever moving forward. The best way that I can respond to the coming storm of political bombast is to do what Paul commanded in 1Timothy 2:1-2. “I urge then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Paul commanded that in a society that when it comes to being morally messed up had ours beaten by a mile. He wrote that about leaders who in many cases, maybe most, were terrible. Yet all he said we should do is pray that they would allow people to live their peaceful lives. To this point in our society, despite all the changes, even the worrisome and unfortunate ones, we have been able to lead peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and holiness. Let’s continue to do that and to pray for those in authority that whatever else may happen, we will be allowed to keep on living those peaceful lives.