I find myself saddened this past week. I am saddened at the state of humanity that I am witnessing in the U.S. since the Presidential election. The media is calling it a historic race between the two candidates. I really didn’t see anything historic in the good sense. In my limited age of watching presidential races the only historical thing I saw was the culmination of hatred on both sides. Never have I seen debates and commercials that vilified the other side they way this race went. I do not even think “mud-slinging” is a good way of putting it. Mud-slinging would be a step up to what these two candidates did and said to each other. The sad reality to all this is that we have let two political parties divide the nation and the hatred that was seen in the election race is continuing after the election, but instead of the two candidates going at each other the public has followed the example of their nominees. This just goes to show you how impressionable humanity is when they allow a bad example to guide their morality and self-worth.
I remember when I was growing up my mother did not like all my friends. She thought they set a bad example. Of course at the time I did not see it, but she could. However at the end of the day, no matter who I hung around with I never blamed my friends for the mistakes I made. I still do this today because I made that choice. Right or wrong, my choices are exactly that, mine! Maybe that is why I am so sad because no one sees that the choices they are making right now are hurting others.
That is what happens when you get so wrapped up in yourself. When it is all about “ME” there is no room for anyone else. Both of these candidates that ran for president did not have an attitude of “other,” they only thought about themselves. Because of this the rhetoric that they used was the catalyst for all people to use the same rhetoric. So what we have is two sides arguing, protesting, discriminating, and using verbal/physical abuse on each other, just like the two “presidential” candidates. One of the pre-election polls that was taken was who was fit to be presidential. In my opinion neither one fit that role in the way they acted and spoke. Now, someone had to be elected. I mean our government needs a president and we had to choose between these two. What I find hard to wrap my brain around is why has so many people also elected these two candidates as their personal president; or to put it a different way have people elected one of these two people as their lord?
I only bring this up because of how people are acting. Everyone follows something. Everyone has elected a lord in their life and when you do this you will act just like them. From what I have seen this last week Clinton and Trump have become the lord of a lot of people because people are acting just like they did. Who have you elected as your lord?
This coming Sunday is “Christ the King” Sunday. We celebrate the reality that Jesus Christ is King over all creation. We worship and praise our Lord and King Jesus this Sunday. Christ the King Sunday also marks the last Sunday of the Church calendar. After this next Sunday the season of Advent starts. I celebrate Christ the King Sunday because I elected Jesus as my Lord a long time ago and it changed my life and I look at the world differently because of it.
The thing about presidential candidates is that they make a lot of promises to act on certain things to get elected. The reality is that presidential candidates can never fulfill these promises without the support of Congress and the approval of the Supreme Court. So the percentage that they will ever keep their promises or act in the way they promised is very low in my books. I did not follow Jesus because of the promises that He made, but because He acted first and then promised.
That’s the amazing thing about King Jesus. He did not come promising one thing and then acting out a different reality. He wanted people to see the reality of His reign and then make the promises that go with His rule. All I can say is that Jesus is the exact opposite as far as campaigning than the two candidates that we had to choose from. Jesus came to serve with His life, not just give an empty promise of servitude. Jesus came to correct the social realities through life giving sacrifice, not just promise change with no power behind it. Jesus came to heal, free, teach, and unhinge the established government through love, not threats. This is King Jesus who is seeking to be elected in your life.
Jesus wants His example to be the rule and guide to your life. Philippians 2 puts it this way, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
This is a leader that we can get behind. Someone who gave His life, honor, and position up for us, for all humanity. Jesus is King because He was willing to live a life that defeated evil in this world. He is King because He is truly for ALL people. He is for All people because He loves all people and He values each and every one of us. I doubt we would get this kind of dedication from anyone that we elect as president.
I came across this quote from Karl Barth in a book called “Deliverance to the Captives.”
“You shall remember the Lord, your God!” We are not asked to remember God in general. We are in constant temptation to think of some abstraction when we pronounce or hear the word “God”… The Lord, your God is a God with a name, a face, a personality. His name, face and personality assure us that he is indeed stern, yet good and faithful, a God whom we used to call as children, and still may call today, a “dear” God. He is a God who can dispense with and dispenses us from, the human attempt to form an opinion or elaborate a theory about him. He is indeed the God who has told us long ago and tells us time and again how and what we shall think of him. Strangely enough, he does so by revealing what he thinks of us… He thinks so highly of us because he is deeply moved by our need of him, our bitter, inescapable need. Is his perhaps the casualness and condescension of a great ruler, occasionally bending down to the man in the street? Not in the least. he takes our place and surrenders himself for us, thereby binding himself to us and compromising himself with us once for all. He is the God of Christmas of whom we sing: A tiny child and poor he came. To give us mercy’s blessing. This is the height and the depth, the ultimate and eternal power and glory of the almighty Lord: he has mercy on us. Having mercy on you and on me, he is your God and my God. Because he is compassionate, it is not particularly difficult, but the most natural thing in the world to believe in him, to hope for him and to love him, and to love our neighbor accordingly. It is he, this God who give you power.
This should be the Leader that we elect for ourselves. But you can’t elect Jesus as your King unless you are willing to live like Him. All we get from the two other choices is hatred, anger, racism, selfishness, revenge, lies, and corruption. What we get from King Jesus is humility, kindness, thoughtfulness, peace, joy, rest, and love.
For those who want to hate, stop! For those who want to discriminate, stop! For those who want to create violence, stop! For those who falsely accuse someone of being something they are not, stop! For those who want it their way or no way, stop! We cannot defeat evil with evil. Jesus, our King, defeated evil with love. That is how my King, whom I elected, works. He loves and loves and loves and loves. He will love us until we get it through our thick, selfish, hard hearts and even then He will continue to love us for all eternity.
I know that their is a lot of questions about the future. I am sure there are some of you who are scared and worried what might happen to you or your family. I understand where that fear is coming from. However, we must never lose hope. Our hope is not in this country or government, or president; Our Hope Is In Christ Jesus, The King of ALL Kings and ALL People. Praise be to God who gives us mercy!!!