by Rosie Adle
There is comfort in the regularity of the church. All kinds of things are moving around us, some at ridiculous speeds and in crazy directions, while Jesus is the same–yesterday, today and tomorrow. There is comfort in having a church that preaches the Gospel in season and out of season amid a moving academic rotation, calendar year or political cycle.
This is especially comforting every four years, right about now, while our culture is busy with collective hand wringing and wailing. Slanderous commercials are running, solicitous strangers are calling, and solid families are divided–father against son, mother against daughter–for no good reason other than someone will be elected president of this nation.
This is not to belittle the office of the president. It is a high calling with serious responsibilities. Some will perform their duties admirably, and others will not. Regardless, the church is always called to look beyond the current times and leaders–not in a way that ignores the realities of life, but in a way that puts them in proper perspective. However bad the next president is or isn’t, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Isaiah 40 says God is the one “who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.” There is nothing they can do to you to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Roman 8). If the worst they could do is kill you, Jesus is the remedy for death.
And even if your favorite candidate makes it into the Oval Office, don’t be too enamored. Psalm 146 reminds us:
Do not put your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
However good the next president may be, he is not your savior. On the other hand, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. There it is again. No matter what happens in the election, unless Christ returns, you can still go to church the next Sunday and hear about the one who redeemed you from your sins, the one who conquered death and the one who returns to gather all of His elect to live in His kingdom forever.
Oh, and maybe the next time you see someone unduly distressed over the topic of the U.S. presidential election, you could calm them with the soothing lullaby, “Jesus Lives! The Vict’ry’s Won” (LSB 490). Because He has, and it is!
Deaconess Rosie Adle is an online instructor for the distance deaconess program of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. She is co-author of LadyLike: Living Biblically.