Have we seen a more circus-like political process in our lives? I haven’t. I doubt you have.
We are all familiar with the boorish, demeaning, literally below-the-belt accusations flying from one candidate to the other in the current marathon race for the U. S. presidency. Each day brings another series of bewildering headlines revealing head-scratching results and stomach-turning behavior that seem to represent the worst of American politics. I’m saddened by it and ashamed of it.
In a recent conversation with a group of friends we carefully shared our frustrations, as well as our hopes for how this might end. I say “carefully” because we’ve probably all learned that there is no telling which of your friends is going to launch into an angry rant about his favorite candidate, or against any that you might entertain. We’re walking on eggshells. And that’s with friends.
The depth of emotion in this caucus season reveals the long-simmering disappointment so many feel with our system and our leadership. OK, fine. That doesn’t excuse violent behavior or relationship-killing words.
And then, this morning I read Psalm 46:6, “Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.” Indeed, we see nations in uproar; we certainly see kingdoms falling. But what about the last part of that verse? Lord, I long for you to lift your voice and, oh, do we hope to see the earth melt. Melt, not as in a fiery apocalypse, which will eventually come; but melt in a spirit of justice, respect and peace. When in the world is THAT going to happen?
Who do we hope in? Personally, not in any of these candidates. We followers of Jesus should be engaged in our world, I’m convinced. I’ll vote, I think. But I have no hope that any one of these limited, flawed humans can bring the kind of world we all long for. Push forward their agenda? Sure, we can count on that. Bring about global (or even national) peace, justice and security? Really? I’m afraid that is well beyond their ability.
Who’s in charge here anyway? The Almighty One. He is our hope and our salvation. Not the one who lands the White House. I want to be aligned with God’s Kingdom and his purposes; not one man’s or woman’s. I’m for the Kingdom of heaven and want to speak and live for that one. Therein lies my hope.
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (v. 10)
My greatest joy in life is my family. I know, that sounds like the comment you’re supposed to make as a man and father. All I can say is I literally shake my head in wonder at the family I have: my wife Beryl; my daughter Barclay and son-in-law Vince, their four daughters, Bella, Brynn, Brooke and Blake; my son Alec, my son Conor and daughter-in-law Bonnie, and their daughter Gemma. Every one of them is a genuine gift. Beyond that, I have a calling that I live out through Peregrine Ministries. It is to help men: Understand their identity in Christ, Embrace their role as men, and Live out their God-given calling in life. Bottom line is I’m convinced men matter and I want to help them live life on purpose.