This political season has pulled back the covers of what normally these days passes for cultural niceties and exposed a great ugliness, destructive anger, and incredible division. Regardless of your candidate’s pronounced solutions to these ills, it is obvious this is a broken world with only one hope. This hope is not to be found by majority opinion expressed in the ballot box or in the promises of political parties and the mechanisms of governmental processes. Our hope is in Jesus.
What an incredible opportunity for the gospel! Sullied and dirtied by the rancor and discourse that gets replayed as character commentary, we’re all exposed. We echo the prophet Isaiah, “Woe is me! I am ruined! I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell among a people of unclean lips.” Despair is our landscape. It’s hopeless. Excuses are insufficient. We hunger for good news.
Here’s good news—there’s hope. Certainly not in political processes or human effort, history is a litany of one failed system after another. You are ambassadors, representatives sent by God, to proclaim good news: “That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.” (2 Corinthians 5:19). What an incredible opportunity! Everybody you meet today is desperate for some good news and you’ve got the best news ever! Here’s your message for today “Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.“ (Psalm 42:5)
Here’s good news—there’s hope. God calls out His people and invites them to pray. He promises, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.“ (2 Chronicles 7:14) Prayer is never our last resort, it is always our first work. We’re engaged in war, not Republicans vs. Democrats, but “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” (Ephesians 6:12).
Over these next few days and weeks as things get probably uglier and divided, be confident and pray—God will use everything to accomplish His purposes. It is His good news for our world—hope is found in His Son, Jesus! What an incredible opportunity!