How to Find Peace in the Midst of Political Unrest
There are lots of things about the current political climate that scare me. We live in a land that is governed by laws that are unbiblical and by leaders who alienate allies while befriending dangerous enemies. It reminds me of a game I used to play as a kid called “Opposite Day”.
“Ellen unload the dishwasher”
“Sorry mom, I can’t. It’s Opposite Day!”
Except this time it isn’t me trying to get out of chores. Now, it’s a very dangerous reality. It seems everything I think to be wrong and sinful and unwise is suddenly the law of the land that I love. When I hear of mass shootings in schools or movie theaters, racial protests or prolife advocates being prosecuted… I’m not surprised anymore. And mercy do I wish I was. Was there ever a time when terrorism wasn’t prevalent in culture? I can’t remember anymore. For those of us growing up post 9/11, there really hasn’t been.
But as upsetting and unsettling and unnerving as all of this is, it’s not unprecedented. And in that I rest.
Nero was the leader of the known world, the most powerful man of his time. Oh but he was evil. He burned people on sticks to light his private gardens, just because they loved my Jesus.
Hitler, Osama bin Laden, Attila the Hun, and countless other evil, evil people have ruled, all throughout human history. And even though I’m by no means comparing the current administration or leading presidential candidates to those mentioned, they do all share two things in common: I wouldn’t have voted them. But more importantly, and more to my point, they can’t thwart God’s plan to bring the world back to himself.
If the grave couldn’t hold Him, He certainly can’t be bound by bureaucracy. Even though I don’t like the way things look right now, I know the One who holds all things. And even though it looks like everything is falling apart, I know He holds all things together.
In Matthew Jesus promises “I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail.”
No election season can change that. He is good. And He is God. No ballot will change that, and no government will diminish that. If the gates of Hell can not prevail against the will of God, then why oh why do I worry that the leader of the free world possibly could?
“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” ~Thomas Jefferson
Yes, so much of today’s legislation scares the fire out of me. Those leading in writing the legislation are oh so misguided. How anyone could feel comfortable writing sin into law is something I pray I never understand. But right there, where morality and policy meet, isn’t that where we should identify their need for the Gospel?
If you are unwilling to also pray for the politician you’re speaking against, then your efforts are in vein. If we want to air our political misgivings out on social media, we must be first driven to our knees. There is no means of action that is more effective, and no driving force more influential. What if the names of politicians were not mentioned just in mocking memes, but in our true, honest, and fervent prayers as well? We need to be on our knees for our country and her leaders. Because y’all, they have it coming.
Woe to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees,
to deprive the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
making widows their prey
and robbing the fatherless.
Yes, we are called to advocate, and advocate unashamedly and unapologetically for the things of God. But sprinkle with salt and season with grace. Be a voice for the voiceless. Millions upon millions of fellow Image Bearers have been murdered in the name of convenience, and we will be held accountable if we chose to stand by and say nothing. Attack the policy with everything you are. But leave the policy maker alone. Because y’all they need Jesus. Maybe more now than ever before. I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. And His justice will not sleep forever.