I’ve spent some time taking a look at people’s Facebook posts and Twitter feeds… people I know, people that I don’t know, people that are Christian, people that aren’t, people that are well known, people that aren’t. Here’s what I have overwhelmingly seen on the conservative side… predictions of doomsday. There you have it. People talking about moving out of the country, people forecasting our nation’s demise, people expressing not just disappointment but a deep-seated anger and hostility.
Where does this “doomsday” fear come from? I’m not saying that the country is not in bad shape.. I’m just wondering what such statements are based on. How about this? Rather than bemoaning the state of where we are at as a country, what if we began to see this as an opportunity for the Church to be the Church? What if we stopped whining and complaining about what didn’t come to pass and began to think strategically about how we, as God’s people, can begin to live out the principles of the Kingdom in our community?
As some friends have graciously pointed out, Jesus is still on the throne to which my response is “Amen”. God was not caught off guard by this. Yet, why is the language so polemic, so vitriolic? I have often wondered if the anger, the frustration, and fear that people have expressed is not holy, but rather is connected more to one’s will being crossed (my candidate or party was not voted in). While it can be disguised by religious moralism (“We care about the morality of our country”) it is more of a statement of self-justification. That is not so much an accusation I am lobbing but rather a thought to provoke reflection since I don’t know people’s hearts completely.
My thought is this: This is the best time to be alive! There’s Kingdom work to be done. And that won’t be helped by people complaining about moving, lobbing angry statements, or marginalizing others. May the Church continue to be salt and light as we await His eventual return where He will restore everything!