It’s been a crazy year in politics. Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, a Hillary supporter or Trump supporter, or simply a bewildered American citizen, you cannot deny that our country is in turmoil. This past week seems to have made the situation in the White House even worse. Trump is threatening to take away Congressmen’s healthcare if they don’t pass the bill he wants. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was fired. Anthony Scaramucci was fired after 10 days on the job as White House communications director. Many believe North Korea is on the brink of war with the U.S. Tensions are high between Russia and the U.S., and no one knows that Putin will do next. And that, right there, is the heart of the fear. We don’t know what will happen next.
However, there’s a catch for Christians. We know something the rest of the world doesn’t, and that knowledge has the power to free us from the fear our current political—and global—climate has instilled in us. If this world is all you know, and all you believe you will ever know, you’re probably terrified. If life ends after death and this world–this life–is it, you’re probably having a very rough year.
We have the promise that this world isn’t the only reality we will ever know.
As Christians, we know that life does not end after death. We have the promise that this world isn’t the only reality we will ever know. We know that Christ is coming again, and with him a new world—a New Jerusalem. One of my favorite songs is Lion and the Lamb by Leeland. The song begins with these two lines: “He’s coming on the clouds, Kings and kingdoms will bow down” and ends with “Every knee will bow before Him. Every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb.” I hadn’t realized how powerful that image was until this year, because before this year I had never feared the President, and what their actions would do to my country, my home.
Yes, our current leaders are wreaking havoc in the nation, and all signs point to things getting worse before they get better. As Christians though, we have hope. We know that the King of Kings is coming again, and every knee will bow before him. The most powerful men and women in the world, the most evil of tyrants, will all bow and be humbled before the Lord Almighty.
The only one who can save us from the mess of this world is God.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to do 2 things. The first is lean wholly on God, putting all our trust in Him and surrendering all our fear to Him. The only one who can save us from the mess of this world (which has been messy for awhile, it’s just a lot more apparent now) is God. Second, we need to minister to those around us more than ever. If you’re a Christian and you feel discouraged during these times, imagine how helpless and despondent a non-Christian probably feels right now. Life is looking pretty bleak, and for them there is no life after death. We have the power, the God-given opportunity, to bring those people hope and new life in Christ. We are the messengers of Christ and now, more than ever before, it is vital that we spread the message of God’s love and redemption. It isn’t just a privilege, it’s a duty.
Remember that Christ is coming again to make all things new, and that the pain and suffering of this world will not last forever.
So when you turn on the T.V. or are scrolling through your newsfeed, remember this world isn’t all there is. Remember that Christ is coming again to make all things new, and that the pain and suffering of this world will not last forever. We have eternal hope and life in Christ and no politician, however tyrannical or powerful, can take that away.