I'm not really a politically-minded person, but I am sure of one thing: Canada has a new Prime Minister, but we have the exact same God.
I am also fairly certain that this world is going downhill. It's inevitable. It's been predicted. In fact, it's been happening ever since the Fall of Man. Nothing is perfect, and nothing will ever be perfect until the 2nd Coming of Christ.
Political corruption shouldn't be a surprise to any of us, especially to believers. Political instability shouldn't come as a shock. The world is in desperate need of redemption. Followers of Christ should know this.
Whether this election's results pleased you or horrified you, here's a gentle reminder: Jesus has called us to be active in the work of His Kingdom, not spectators of His plan. Whether you agree with Justin Trudeau's policies or stand firmly against them, it doesn't matter. We serve GOD rather than man. We live under the government of Heaven, not the government of Canada. We are ambassadors sent from a distant land, soldiers with a mission separate from that of any political leader's.
So whichever way the votes tip the balance, it should never intimidate us as believers. Our Leader is infinitely greater. Our King can not fail. Our God is all-powerful, and His power is independent of popular opinion.
So why worry? I happen to recall some moments from history that might provide some comfort in our present situation. I seem to remember a certain Egyptian Pharaoh, who enslaved God's chosen people. He might have been a little worse than Trudeau. The Israelites might have had more of a reason to complain, as they were whipped and starved and beaten daily.
And yet, God worked amidst the horrors and sorrow. He displayed His power and might for both His people and the Egyptians. His might triumphed over human plans.
There was a certain Roman Emperor... again, not the nicest guy. In fact, the Christians of His day were often bound together, tied to stakes, and lit on fire to illuminate the palace gardens, or placed in an arena with lions for pure entertainment. And yet, concerning Nero, God's apostle Paul wrote this to the persecuted church:
1 Timothy 2:1-5~
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people.
Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful
and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour,
who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God to humanity-
the man Christ Jesus.
If praying for Nero and the Roman Empire in those times was pleasing to God, I can't imagine how angry, harsh, unwholesome talk of Justin Trudeau is pleasing to God. It amazes me how there is hardly a difference between the Christians and the non-believers in the way they talk about our political leaders. Although there are many jokes and chuckles, there is an unsettling amount of violent negativity and hopelessness.
As believers, there is never a cause for hopelessness among us. Nobody but God alone has the power to destroy our souls.
I believe that there will be much worse things within our lifetimes. Danger and hardship is surely up the road, perhaps in different forms for all of us. But if we can't follow Jesus while our country is rich and prosperous and we have the privilege of voting, then how can we follow Him when times truly become difficult?
In the words of Catherine Booth:
"The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over."
We have the chance to show integrity, and be a light in this world. The Spiritual welfare of this country is not dependent on those in power. It depends on the willingness of God's disciples to show His love. Unfortunately, most of the things I hear and read from God's disciples are not a representation of Christ's love, but of worry, anger, and hatred.
I often hear people quoting the words of James 1: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." And then I often see those same people turning around and letting less-than-joyful words fly against our government.
Here's our chance to stand strong amidst a bit of a trial. Though it may be less than desirable, that's exactly what Jesus promised the life of a Christian would be. Hard. So let's consider it pure joy. Let's keep a stiff upper lip and continue the work of God despite any opposition. We have nothing to fear, nothing that can stand in the way of Christ's work, except for ourselves.
Remember the work that God has done in you. God has a habit of bringing the best out of the worst situations. He's rather well-known for turning disaster upside-down and transforming it into something wonderful. Have we forgotten so quickly who He is?!
Let's give up the way of complaining, and adopt the way of rejoicing. Christ has given us the opportunity to follow Him even in the dark times. Now is where it matters, so don't give up before we even get started.
James 1:12 ~
Blessed is the one who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has
stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those
who love Him.
In the face of adversity, let's prove where our loyalty lies.