There are less than 100 days left until the US presidential election. This is of great concern to nearly everyone, regardless of party affiliation. But should those days preoccupy the hearts and minds of Christ’s Body? Every heart, including mine, longs for safety and normalcy, but is safety really ‘normal’ in a fallen dark world?
Under the guise of ‘free love’ and ‘peace’, the sexual revolution of the 1960’s swung open the gates of fornication, homosexuality, and promiscuity, leading to a harvest of broken families, infidelities, abortions, and single parent homes. More than ‘normalized’, we have pridefully displayed our sexual deviances with boisterous parades and youth indoctrinations. Yet, as in the ‘days of Lot’ in Sodom, we are “eating and drinking, selling and planting…” living our lives normally but oblivious to the ominous judgment looming overhead.
Now, under the guise of ‘peaceful protest’ and ‘racial equality’ we have, increasingly, a “world filled with violence”. Might God determine of us as with Noah’s violent generation, “…that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.”? Ongoing wanton and pointless rioting with ‘leaders’ nodding with tacit approval, swings open the gates of man’s lust for violence – gates not easily or even possible to close.
And yet Jesus said that in the ‘Days of Noah’ as with Sodom, “People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage…” – all good things, even things ordained by God but with one caveat: They were so intertwined with the world, they were oblivious to the warnings of sure and horrific judgment.
Perhaps most American believers, like myself, are not tempted to be promiscuous or violent but the temptation to enter into political forays is almost irresistible. Like ‘eating and drinking and marrying’, it seems normal, if not good and necessary, to champion the cause of what is right, lawful, and moral.
But, I believe, the challenge for the godly in these days is this: Will we view our world through the platform of Republican/Democrat or through the lens of God’s unchanging word? Are our hearts gripped with urgency to restore a prosperous and ‘normal’ society or are we gripped with an urgency, as Noah had, to preach the Gospel and warn of sure and horrific judgment?
We have saturated our culture with a shallow and benign “God is love”, “Jesus loves you” message that served only to squelch the fear of God that we so desperately need.
Less than 100 days left for election? That’s 100 days to commit to God’s word, to dive into end times scriptures that Jesus, who does love you, proclaimed to warn and prepare whomever will heed, that He is returning as Judge as the world ripens for God’s wrath.
Don’t resist but dive into scriptural study of end time prophecies and, I urge myself, commit again to studying Revelation. Read and re-read, call upon the Holy Spirit – our Teacher and Counselor. Refer to reliable commentaries. As beloved Pastor Ben Crandall always exhorted, “Get into this Book and get this Book into you!”
We don’t know who will win elections but omnipotent and sovereign God proclaims the truth of what is happening and what will surely happen. For the prayful and hungry heart, He will reveal these truths and root them deep enough for us to bear fruit as His ambassadors. With convicted hearts, not campaign flags, we’ll proclaim the next big event – Christ’s return as Judge and the outpour of God’s wrath upon a rebellious, unbelieving world.
Help us Lord, to resist the pull to ‘normalize’ our tumultuous world. Give our hearts a hunger and understanding of Your word – let it sink in and overflow to those around us that we may fulfill Your call upon us in this world.