“Where is the hope? I meet millions who feel despair by all of the decay around us. Where is the hope? The hope that each of us have, is not in who governs us, or what laws are passed, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. And that’s where our hope is in this country. And that’s where our hope is in this life.” – Chuck Colson
As we head to vote, tomorrow, I see many of my siblings in the faith super-concerned about who will become our next president. They wonder if our country will get worse. They long for someone to represent their values on capital hill. They long for true change of these dark times.
First, I would point out that Jesus said we would suffer through turbulent, dark times before His return. Truly, some of the things we see on the news today horrifies us. Our hearts break as we see our great country take some serious mis-steps further, and further away from the heart of God. And, I truly wonder how dark of a day it is when so many of my siblings place their hopes in a man who’s life clearly revolves around himself and not God.
Second, and more importantly, Jesus never worked to change the political system of His time in order to make people better. Instead, he focused on the heart of each person. He knew that if you change the laws, you only address a few symptoms of a much larger problem. By addressing the root cause, a heart enslaved by darkness, he could correct the problem itself. Those who repent of their sins and turn to Him for their salvation become sanctified. The potter molds the clay, and his children selflessly love other people. Jesus said, “This is how they will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I would remind my Christian friends that our ultimate hope and faith is not in this world. No, we look past the grave. We know that real life begins after death. The peace we long for… the rest we seek… the relief from the pain, stress and darkness awaits us on the other side. In the mean time, let us remember that our hope in this world lies in gospel message. And may we say, along with Paul, “To live is Christ, to die is gain!”