This past Tuesday was election night. I was up late into the evening watching the results, which has been my tradition since 1966. I became interested in politics in 1964 at the ripe old age of 10. By the time I was twelve years old, it was my favorite pastime. I’ve always loved history, but it is even more remarkable when you’ve lived long enough to have part of your life in history books. Because I was much more connected than the average person my age, my memory of the historical moments of my life are much more vivid. As I listened to the election results, it was humorous to listen to commentators making statements based on their research. I often heard them say things that I know were not true. As they would make their statement I was thinking, that’s not true, I was there. It is also very interesting to hear people analyze things from a moment in time when I have the benefit of a historical observation from which to draw. Having a historical perspective is much more valuable than many will give credit. The Bible says, “there is nothing new under the sun,” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) and I have found this to be so true.
A Life of Impact
One of the things noted by analysts in the recent election cycle is how negative people are about their future. There is a debate being waged between people who believe that the statistics warrant that particular opinion and those who don’t. I believe there is something deeper at work than the analysts are capable of observing. When God made man, He breathed the breath of life into us. The Bible tells us that this breath gives us a deeper understanding then just the human thought process. More than modern man is willing to admit or even recognize, this breath forms the human spirit that causes us to be inspired from a deeper place. Job 32:8 says, “There is a spirit in man, the inspiration of the Almighty gives him understanding.” I believe the average person who does not have all the knowledge of the experts has an intuitive motivation that is often overlooked by the experts. Over time I have witnessed this intuitive motivation in the average person demonstrate more insight then the experts. The idea often promoted by the politicians of all stripes is they are the answer to what ails the country. I believe that even the average person without a nurtured spirit recognizes we need something more than a political solution to our country. Our problems are not just political, economic or social; our problem is spiritual! I believe the country is ripe for spiritual renewal. As Christians, we should be salt and light in every area of life, but we must all be careful to understand what needs to be done. The people of God need to rise up and declare the message of the gospel—the “good news” that our God reigns in every situation! God will shake everything that can be shaken according to the scriptures.
In the end, the only thing standing will be His Kingdom! Let’s align ourselves more fully with the truth of His Word and not be surprised when the shaking comes so we can be the answer to what is ailing our world politically, economically and socially.