Alexis deToqueville wrote, “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.”
That is a quote that would mean totally different things depending on whose side of things people came down on in the election. I know many have abandoned freedom’s first principles and exchanged them for government control and this exchange has occurred on both sides of the aisle.
Our language and our actions no longer define the responsibilities of freedom but rather speak to the obligations and mandates of an overarching government. Read the gospels. Jesus doesn’t bring the government up at all except to say his kingdom doesn’t work that way. What Rome does doesn’t occupy Jesus at all unless challenged by an enemy. Now we entwine every act of love to some responsibility of government and thus, our service is entwined with an earthly kingdom instead of an heavenly one. Churches and preachers even defining their ministries to keep their government imposed status rather than acting out on their status as new creations and ambassadors for Jesus Christ.
Second, the kingdom of heaven is not content to stand alongside or be praised for its tolerant place among the civil religions of the day as it was at the National Cathedral this week. Jesus doesn’t say, “I AM an Option, I AM an Opinion, I AM a Helpful Choice”. No, Jesus says, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life – no one comes to the Father except by me.” Pardon the pun, but Jesus trumps everything and everyone else. On purpose, I do not use anyone’s name or name a party among my thoughts today because the only thing I want to capitalize in my life is Jesus and His gospel.
Thirdly, our language is not precise or discerning. We are a representative republic. We are governed (or supposed to be) by the words of the constitution. Even the laws we write are only supposed to be valid if they adhere to the Constitution and making these distinctions seem to be a battle very few are fighting.
We are not a democracy. We are a walking contradiction as we describe our mob of love using foul or coarse language or as one preacher responded on his Facebook site to the great number that marched on Saturday, “Hell Yeah!” There is a reason throughout history there are lynch mobs but never until now, love mobs. Love is not best expressed through the crowd but by the cross, not by self-expression but by self-sacrifice.
This is why I know regardless of who got elected or how people feel as a result, the only hope America has of being the United States of America is to experience a Great Awakening of grace and truth. The only hope we have, that we have ever had, is to repent and believe the good news of Jesus and to continue to act in accordance with that.