|It’s finally here—Election Day 2020, the culmination of the most unsettling, vitriolic presidential election in our lifetime. It has preyed on our fears and demonized our opponents. Communities, families, and churches have split over rabidly-held political views. And no matter who wins tomorrow, we will not be satisfied; there will be much to disappoint and frustrate us. And in reality, this is a very good thing.I’ve reflected recently on CS Lewis’ comment in his classic Mere Christianity. He brilliantly asserts: “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” We were made for another world. We continually long for something better. The restlessness and dissatisfaction we experience should constantly remind us of several essential truths and call us to specific action. |
1. We shouldn’t be surprised or hopeless when our fallen world looks broken. It is broken. Thus, we should do all we can to promote the well-being of our country and society (see Jer 29:7). Ultimately, however, God is the one who redeems evil, heals brokenness, and creates peace. We must continually pray for our political leaders, whoever they are (I Tim 2:1-2) and trust God to do what only he can do. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Prov 21:1).
2. God knew the pandemic and current political and social turmoil would happen in 2020. He is at work amidst the turmoil. We must find our hope in him: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright” (Ps 20:7-8).
3. The real enemy is not a political party or a political candidate. And the real enemy is certainly not our friends, family, or fellow believers who hold different political views. Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4). Thus, our real opponents are not human, but demonic. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). We must redouble our efforts to love and pray for our human enemies and opponents. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matt 5:43-44).
4. We are “strangers and exiles on the earth” (Heb 11:13). This world is not our home. The frustration and dissatisfaction we experience in this life should be a powerful reminder of this fact. It should increase our longing for our true home. “Our citizenship is in heaven and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil 3:20).
Until our King comes to take us to our true home, MTS will continue to live out our mission of bringing restoration world-wide to those who have suffered abuse. This mission has never been more needed. Thanks for partnering with us in this great kingdom cause.
Your fellow exiles,
|Christians are not distinguished from the rest of humanity by country, language, or custom…They live in their own countries, but only as nonresidents; they participate in everything as citizens, and endure everything as foreigners. Every foreign country is their fatherland and, and every fatherland is foreign…They live on earth, but their citizenship is in heaven…They love everyone, and by everyone they are persecuted. They are unknown, yet they are condemned; they are put to death, yet they are brought to life. They are poor, yet they make many rich; they are in need of everything, yet they abound in everything. They are dishonored, yet they are glorified in their dishonor; they are slandered, yet they are vindicated. They are cursed, yet they bless; they are insulted, yet they offer respect.|
Epistle to Diognetus 5 (2nd c. Christian letter)