As I sit here on the morning of Election Day 2012 in the USA there is little that is clear. According to the polls, the race is too close to call while by my own observation and quite a few campaigns that I’ve observed before this one, it seems to me that it may not be all that close. Maybe this is nothing more than wishful thinking on my part, for it seems to me that the challenger should win by a comfortable margin. One thing that nearly everyone will agree on is that this is a very important election that will determine the direction our country takes for quite some time, and the choices may be a lot of things, but one cannot seriously say that the differences in their approaches to our problems are not vastly different.
No matter who wins the election, the US, like many other nations around the world will need to make some very tough choices, and nobody is going to turn things around over night. How should those of us who are Christians and who do not expect to be elected to office or join a new Administration approach the coming years?
More than anything else, it seems to me that we need to bear in mind that we are called to build a Kingdom, not to rule an earthly nation. Of course, that is not to say that we should not vote; quite the contrary! But when the votes are cast and counted, it is not for us to fret and despair,nor is it to rejoice and think our work is done, for our hope is not in what goes on in Washington.
Christians may differ on their interpretations of any statement that uses the word “Kingdom” and I understand this. It may be a good idea for me to make my point using a different choice of language, so here goes: No matter how this or any election comes out, it is for us to seek and save the lost and to make disciples, building them into the Body of Christ. This is an endeavor that is commanded by our Lord (Matt. 28:18-20) and that is neither optional nor something that only affects others; it is our necessary response to the Good News of the very Gospel by which we have been saved. Therefore, it must be the principle focus for all of us.
As regular readers of this blog may recall, I have been considering my future and how I might best serve our Lord in the years that are left to me. I have explored a number of things and I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I have a job to do that I haven’t previously done. Yes, I will continue to serve as I have in the past, to the best of my ability and by God’s grace, but I know that I have been called to do more. I’ve looked around for many years to find someone who has explained (in writing) God’s Redemption History and plan in a way that is both practical and complete, in a way that anybody can follow and understand. There are many works of an academic nature that do this, and many of those actually link all of the pieces together so that a person can understand… if the person is a graduate or post-graduate seminary student…
I really believe that we need a work that can connect the dots and explain the truth in a way that makes the story clear and useful, and that can then describe and explain the response we should have to it… in 150 pages or less! This is my new project. (Wish me luck)
What will each of you do to build the Body of Christ in the next four years?