This past weekend, I began with some thoughts about our present season, and what I feel might be an appropriate response to the changes and tension of the world in which we live.
Last Friday a new president was sworn into office. No matter our choices in the primaries or on election day, we live in one nation indivisible. Even today, as I sit in my office, I consider the calls of scripture to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2), to respond appropriately with the right perspective to the government (Matthew 22), and to lift one another up in difficult seasons (1 Thessalonians 5).
As always, we are reminded that we are a people of dual citizenship. We have a responsibility to those around us—to reflect the light of Christ and tell others about him. Our true home is not here, but as we wait for Christ’s return to us or our return to him, we are a people with a job to do.
I pray also that I can reflect Christ in my own life, show him to others, be all things to all people, so that I may win some to Christ. My hope is that others do the same and the church leads the way in bringing peace in uncertain times, because if we won’t, there isn’t any guarantee that anyone else will.
My prayers are with the Trump administration, that it governs with wisdom, patience, and conscience. My prayers are with those who now protest, that they seek to do so without violence or destruction as they try to make their voice heard. My prayers are with those who keep the peace that they return safely home each night for theirs is an especially difficult lot. My prayers are with those who feel uneasy after a hard fought season, that they come in contact with a hope that does not depend on political results.