"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)
In the incredible role known as "uncle," I've loved the opportunity to observe my nephew grow up in a constantly changing world. Each day of his first year of life involved learning something new! Recently, he's really started to move around with vigor. I've noticed that in his exploration, he continually looks back to see if someone he trusts (i.e. his parents) is still there, before continuing to go further into the unknown, uncertainty, and adventure. To me, each courageous step forward displays evidence of his faith that mom and dad are there and in control, no matter what may happen.
As we've collectively considered our country over this past week, I recognize that we may be feeling and experiencing this election time differently. With this in mind, I humbly put forth a few thoughts as a place for all of us to start and/or continue this reflection. Do we see and believe that God is here and in control? Like my nephew's faith in his parents, do our words and deeds provide evidence of trust in our Father's sovereignty? As followers of Jesus, how might our response show that Christ is Lord, seek how He is already at work, and boldly move towards what He has called us to be and become for the sake of His Kingdom and glory?
Know Who God Is: Pause. Be. If you haven't already, I would ask that you (and myself) take moments of time, even silence, to seek God first and spend time sitting with Him. It's so important to wrestle here. How do you see God at this time? Who do you say He is? “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you” (2 Chronicles 20:6).
Be Where God Is: Pray. Move. Sometimes I incorrectly view prayer as the way for me to get God to work where and how I want him to, rather than a real relationship. What would it look like to pray with eyes to see where God is already at work? How might God already be at work in our hearts, each other, our co-workers, our workplaces? How might we be about doing justice, loving kindness/mercy, and walking humbly with our God within His work this week (Proverbs 16:9)?
We may have views and stories that differ. We may have been impacted by the results differently. We may be processing and responding differently. Embracing our differences and our identity in Christ, how might we all continue to be about serving and loving one another and others well (John 13:35)? "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:26-28). The challenges and struggles our country faced prior to last Tuesday are still present today. Living into our purpose as followers of Christ is likewise as essential and urgent now as before.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).
There is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3) and an awareness of where we are at matters. As leaders, let's not settle for comfortable if we desire to be about Christ-centered change. I love that Jesus meets us in the discomfort, extending an open invitation for all of us to find rest in Him (Matthew 11:28-30). Rest in who He is as all powerful, a good, good father, and the truth that we are no longer slaves to fear. May it be with child-like faith in God's sovereignty (1 Peter 2:1-3) and in the Spirit that we exchange comfort for what is possible through God when we move in love and engage with peace (Romans 12:9-21). "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).