Election day has come and gone. We’ve gotten some results, whether you think they’re legitimate or not, about who will most likely be our next president. Some of us are disappointed, frustrated, or afraid, while others are hopeful about the next 4-8 years.
Every time a big political event happens, we are tempted to put all our hopes and dreams for a good future in the hands of our political party. When our candidate loses, we fear the worst. When our candidate wins, we are hopeful for a while, only to be disappointed at the lack of any real change. And in 4-8 years, a person from the opposite party is elected and undoes most of the miniscule change that was accomplished anyway.
The failure of politics and government to affect any real progress leaves many disillusioned and cynical about the possibility of a better world in the future. As well it should, because worldly politics rest on worldly men and women. Sinful, broken hearts create a sinful, broken system.
But church: we don’t have to put our hopes in worldly princes.
What does this Kingdom look like? It looks like striving for unity in the church and the Church, recognizing your common allegiance with your brothers and sisters above and beyond political leanings. It looks like loving your neighbor, showing up to meet their needs regardless of the sign they had in their yard. It looks like telling everyone you know, though your actions and your words, about the hope you have, the only true hope that they, too, can have in Jesus.
A truly good future is coming. Not in the election of a specific party, not even in the continued thriving of our particular nation, but in the ruling of a perfect King. And if our allegiance is with Him, let’s work with diligence and joy in the assurance of our citizenship in His Kingdom that never changes, never fades, and will not fail to come.