When I watch the news or look on social media, I’m reminded of how messed up this world can be, but then I think about Bible verses like these:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)
“…their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control…” (Philippians 3:19-21)
“No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer… Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” (2 Timothy 2:4-7)
These amazing statements speak of the priority of perspective. This is so crucial as we come to the finish line of this election season. Are there important issues at stake in this election? Yes. But we’re not electing a Messiah, a miracle worker, or even a monarch. We are putting sinful, broken and flawed human beings into political office to work alongside other sinful, broken, and flawed human beings, to try to run an imperfect human system of government for a country of sinful, broken, and flawed human beings! Put that way, what hope do we have!?!
A lot, actually!
As Jesus-followers, we don’t put our hope in humanity; we put it in Christ. We don’t trust in military force and armory; we trust in God. We don’t rely on our national identity; our homeland is heaven. We don’t believe that the most important battles are won in theaters of war, polling booths, courtrooms or social media rants, but as Jesus gets ahold of hearts and minds and aligns them with the Creator’s plan.
This world needs agents of hope like us!
Having the right perspective is a priority. We can debate, speak out, and vote, but if we operate from fear, rage, anxiety or hopelessness (and pass that to others), we have only ourselves to blame for the world around us, because we may be guilty of misplaced trust.
Christian holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Don’t follow this world’s leading. Be an agent of hope; make your perspective a priority.