Bridging Divides With The Gospel

January 10, 2021

Jordan Mee

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This week’s scenes in our nation’s Capitol were shocking and appalling, such as few of us could have imagined that we would witness in this country. It was very painful to watch them. It was also deeply disappointing and saddening to hear President Trump's lackluster response. It seems to me that the US is at a painful inflection point. For too long, people on both sides of the political divide have placed their hopes for the future and for their happiness, prosperity and wellbeing into their chosen political party or leader. As such, these parties and leaders have increasingly begun to take the place of God in our society: they have become idols. As these idols grow in our hearts, they start to drive a deeper and deeper wedge between people, since when an election is lost, it is not merely an election, but the defeat of a god that people hoped in, and the triumph of a god that people fear. 

 

There are a multitude of reasons for this trend and much ink will be spilled in the coming days to try and grapple with our current reality. I feel that fundamentally, our country needs two things. Firstly, people need to put their hope in the Lord God Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth. We should be able to say with Paul, "we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe." (1 Timothy 4:10 ESV). No one aside from Him can be our unfailing hope of eternal joy. Those of us who believe need to examine our hearts and see if we are believing in God first and foremost, or if we are trusting in the means that we hope He will use (institution, political party, or leader). A lost election should be a source of measured sadness but not despair or defiance for believers. 


Those who do not believe, need to be told the good news! The good news is that Christ died on the cross to pay the price of the sins of those who believe in Him, and that for all who believe there is adoption into God's family! They need to be told that this world is not our home and cannot bear the weight of our hopes. This is the foremost need of our country (and all other countries)

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