I hear a fair amount about the presidential campaign and all its shortcomings. I’ve talked about it a good bit myself...more than I wish I had.
The other day I was talking with a friend who is heavily involved in politics, and as I complained about the campaign, he said, “Let me tell you a story,” and he told me the following about a local leader:
Upon the election of Harry Truman in 1948 this leader took to his bed, pulled the covers up, and stayed there for a week. When asked about it he said, "We’ve just elected a second-rate haberdasher from Missouri to be our President. I can’t stand it. I can’t live with it." After a week he decided it wasn’t the worst ever and that he had a life to live and it was time to get out of bed. The truth is today most people see Harry Truman as kind of an "every man" folk hero who made a lot of hard decisions and did well with the presidency he may not have expected to get.
One thing we all need to remember this election season is that God is in control of history and He is in control of this world.
"One thing we all need to remember this election season is that God is in control of history and He is in control of this world. "
We also need to remember that it’s a lot harder to see forward through the windshield than it is to look backward through the rear view mirror. As Christians, we have a great advantage because we have the longest look into history through the rear view mirror anybody ever had. Ours is an eternal rear view mirror. That mirror goes back to the founding of the universe and through all of human history. Looking back reminds us that there have been rulers and clergy who were really bad people--much worse, in fact, than anybody we see on the landscape today. They came and went. But the Kingdom marched on, and God was and continues to be in control.
So whatever your point of view about this year’s campaign, let’s not ever let our hope be primarily in an election or a candidate. Let’s keep our hope in the living and eternal God who is working now and still will be long after these candidates are completely forgotten. This is a challenge to myself as much as it is to you. Please pray for me that I will do what I’m urging you to.
As always, I love being your pastor!