So it's not a surprise to anyone that the presidential election is a super big deal everywhere. It's taken all the self-control I have to not post (too much) on Facebook since I don't think it's totally the right medium for that now. There's just an overload of opinions and fear and lies and conspiracy and it's all just too much. But I have had a thought about the whole thing and since this is my blog (and I think a more peaceful medium) I can write what I want, haha!
I listened to a podcast from Jason Vallotton (episode #22) a while back where he told the story of a guy who was working in Hollywood. There was a shift happening with his job and as he was talking to Jason he shared his concerns, said he wasn't sleeping well at night and at the end he tagged on: 'but I'm trusting God'. And Jason's response was, 'no you're not...'. If he was really trusting God he wouldn't be losing sleep or having anxiety about what was going on. He could still be filling out job applications and taking active steps towards whatever direction he felt led... but without worry and anxiety in the mix. That's trust.
Now how does this apply to this whole presidential thing? There are a lot of people who are freaked out. Okay, I can't really speak into that entire group of people who are feeling that thing. But I've also noticed a lot of Christian believers who are freaked out... and that just doesn't seem right. I'm in my own journey to learning to really trust God, not just add that sentence as a tag line at the end of my worries. And I do think it's important to have space to share your heart and the things that are on your mind (I'm not promoting a 'fake it til you make it' kind of theology). But I am saying that God commanded us like a trillion and a half times not to worry or be afraid. And He's not up in Heaven like, 'ohhh, ummm... this is a pretty extreme situation that I didn't expect... so... go ahead and worry... I'm worried too!'. NO. He's not doing that. He is not freaked out and He's not worried.
Am I promoting a passive response, like 'just lay everything in the Lord's hands and see what happens'? Also not. I think if you don't like the things that have been happening as a result to the election, then go and do something in the opposite spirit. Go love people. Be nice. If you have more influence and authority, try to bring the change (and be the change) you wish to see in the world (said a famous person once...). Those things are all green light. But PLEASE stop with the melodramatic terror-filled posts about how the world is gonna explode now. God said something like this once: "For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken," says the LORD, who has mercy on you." Isaiah 54:10
So let's remember these promises. Stop worrying. Please. Do what you feel you need to do, be active and take initiative. Renew your mind and get new thoughts, God's thoughts, about this situation. And guard your heart with peace and trust.
He's got this thing...
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude
4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6 The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude