I find that a lot of my spiritual insights come as I’m running. I lace up my sneakers, strap on my phone, plug in my earphones, and pump up the worship tunes.
I hate running.
Running has to have a point. To avoid a disaster. To get around the bases as fast as you can. To move the ball up the field. To escape a mob.
That’s why I ran away from the Trump 2016!!! crowd. The mob mentality. I supported Ted Cruz, not because I liked Cruz so much. It’s because he espoused principles that I hold. Principles like limited government, states’ rights, fiscal responsibility, constitutional integrity, religious liberty.*
I won’t get into why into why I think the Trump phenomenon is a “mob mentality.” The point of this post is about my reaction to the phenomenon.
Anyway, I hate running. I’m not built like a long distance runner. I’m built more like a full-back, “very dangerous over short distances.” Sometimes I feel like Gimli in The Two Towers when I run any distance greater than the length of the basketball court.
My job requires I be fit. So I run. But when I run, I make it an act of worship, so there is a point to it. I listen to songs that worship Jesus. In fact, right now I’m listening to Chris Tomlin’s “All to Us.”
Worshiping God during my running has led to many spiritual insights for me. There is something about worshiping God that helps me to think clearly.
This morning, while running, Chris Tomlin’s song “Jesus, My Redeemer,” played. As the song came to the part
No other one so glorious
You outshine the sun
No other love like Jesus
You outshine the sun
I began to think about the Trump phenomenon and about how many people think Trump is the Savior of the republic, the One to “Make America Great Again.”
“But, they’re wrong,” I thought. “He will be the destroyer of the republic.”
Then I began to think again. “No, I’m wrong too. If Trump does not have the power to be the savior, then he does not have the power to be the destroyer.”
That changed my perspective entirely. Only Jesus can rescue our nation. Only Jesus has the power to be the destroyer of our republic. In no other name is there such power and authority.
Our focus this election season should not be in the abilities of men to save us. Absolutely we should choose the best people to be our public servants, and we have chosen poorly this year. We have chosen poorly because we have focused on men as our savior, and we have believed our malady is merely bad public policies. But our problem is not bad policies. Bad policies are only a symptom of our problem. Our ailment is our sin.
The comfort of our lives has made us make peace with our sin. Because the Church is comfortable with our own sin, the World hates us for pointing out theirs. They are in full rebellion against God. Creating same-sex “marriages,” allowing men in women’s bathrooms, laughing about selling dead-baby parts, praising the “courage” of men who want to dress up like women. The nation is hell-bent on destruction, and it’s not going to be Trump’s fault.
It’s going to be ours, the Church’s fault.
But, the situation is never so bleak when we, the Church, finally agree with God about the nature of our own sinful condition. Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us that we might become his righteousness in a world that is going to hell. Jesus has reconciled us with the Father so that we can be ambassadors of reconciliation to a dying world. See II Corinthians 5:17-21.
Trump is not the savior, nor the destroyer of the republic. Only Jesus has the authority and power to do that. But, I believe Jesus has given us the ability to make his decision for him, whether to redeem our nation or destroy it.
Which will you choose? Live lives of comfort and compromise? Or of righteousness and reconciliation?
As for me and my house, we will choose righteousness and reconciliation over comfort and compromise.
*We can have a discussion what these mean and why I call these “principles.” But, for this post I do not have the time to have that discussion.