Many Americans are reporting that they feel considerable anxiety about the upcoming election. According to the American Psychological Association around 52 percent of people surveyed said the election “is a very or somewhat significant” source of stress. Never have two candidates for president been so disliked, even reviled, by the Americans they hope to convince to vote for them in the polls. On an average day you can emotionally bounce between outrage and angst just checking the news. And the election is causing rifts in significant relationships. We ask, How could could you vote for her? or him? How have you not made up your mind by now?
I understand how easy it is to get completely caught up in the minute by minute media coverage of the campaign. It has been like a fire that consumes all the oxygen in the room so that nothing else is seen or heard. And yet I think the anxiety and fear surrounding this election is unfounded, especially for those of us who claim allegiance to Jesus and to his kingdom over any other leader or nation.
If you spend much time around Restoration you will hear us say, “The Kingdom of God is never threatened.” When we say this we mean that no one has ever made a statement that put God on the defensive. Never has a rising political star eclipsed the glory of Jesus. Never has a social or political cause threatened to overthrow the eternal communion of the saints. Never has a government passed a law that challenged the authority of Jesus.
We are the Church. We have survived and thrived in every imaginable situation. We have survived persecution at the hands of the Roman Empire and we have survived later co-opting our witness and authority in Christ in order gain worldly power by partnering with the Roman Empire. We have been small minorities worshipping in secret and we have been the majority when revival fires swept nations and sparked missionary movements that touched the whole world. We are the Church and we stand for the Kingdom of God on earth. And the Kingdom of God is never threatened.
The temptation to fear is great. We fear the future, the loss of control, and unexpected change. And yet, as followers of Jesus, we know that we are seen and loved by God. Today, I read Luke 12:6-8, Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. ‘And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God…
We are not just American citizens, one vote among millions, tossed about in seas of uncertainty. We are the heirs of the Kingdom of God through Christ and cannot be shaken. We are so much more valuable than sparrows that are never forgotten by our Creator. We are intimately known and cared for by our Heavenly Father who calls princes and princesses in his coming Kingdom.
Do not fear. Pray for our leaders and our elections. Pray for your fellow Americans and for our shared future. But live with the Kingdom of God as your home without fear of anything because the Kingdom of God is never threatened.