The latest “most important election in the history of our country” is over, except for the shouting, recriminations, complaints, demonstrations and the like. In my church yesterday one would have thought last week was a quiet week. There was scant mention of the election because far more important subjects demanded attention: worship of almighty God, the eternal Gospel, hurting and hungry people.
I’m not going to spend the next four years griping and complaining, a principle I adopted on November 7, 2012. It is personally damaging to be so emotionally invested in elections that it affects your enjoyment of life granted by God, in affluent America, with all the blessings and privileges we enjoy. I suggested to the small group that I attend and sometimes lead that I’ve found this to be a beneficial posture to take in politically intense and divided America. Not sure all of them are there yet. There was a bit of depression afoot at our meeting.
Intelligent, deliberate, consistent prayer for the president elect is expected of followers of Christ. I’m thankful for various SBC leaders and social media stars who have echoed this. There is no argument against doing what God tells us to do. For about half the years I’ve lived as a Christian adult, we’ve had Democratic presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. Now Joe Biden come next January.
To be candid, less melodrama is a good thing. Biden may be deficient in some areas but he will most assuredly offer less drama. Thank God for that.
My fair state, Georgia, will be the center of the political universe for the next two months, until the runoff elections for both U. S. Senate seats. Republicans in this state have never been accused of being overly shrewd; thus, two top tier GOP candidates for one of the Senate seats, a divided vote, and now a runoff. Dumb. My usual statement about politics in the Peach State (we claim legacy rights to the name even though we are way behind California and South Carolina in peach production) is that Republicans here are stoopid, exceeded in that only by the Democrats. Sheesh.
Seems to me that it will take some politically minded, Trump supporting pastors and churches time to recover. I hear of more and more SBC churches doing less and less overt politics. Good. The Republic will survive bad leaders. The church will too and we’ve got the promise that the gates of Hell will not prevail against the us.
Our Grand Convention faces some difficulties. Some want to take the ship over. Some want to sink it. Some are just trying to hack it on Mondays. We have solid leadership in place nationally in our entities. I can’t think of how the last four years have helped our Grand Old Ship.
So, go fishing. That would be therapeutic no matter whose side you are on.
My colleagues here may opine slightly different than your humble hacker and plodder blogger on this. They live in outlying areas like Iowa, Indiana, and Virginia where the landscape is different. May I smugly say that I am closer to the SBC Vatican than any of the others and, thus, more in tune with the emanations from those we pay enough to know about all this stuff. (Humor, is a universal antidote to political depression, brethren and sistren. I suggest it be tried, especially by our dour Calvinistic friends.}