National news is so out of hand it’s no longer obvious which articles are from The Onion, the margin between real and farcical narrowing by the day. Reality television is now front page of the New York Times. It’s helpful that I’ve read some Sarah Vowell, a historian who writes with a wit that comfortingly reminds me of the times America has survived and even thrived previous political bluster and buffoonery. We will too, I suppose.
Besides that, I’m a Christian. My confidence and hope are planted in other gardens. Which isn’t to say I don’t vote in or pray over elections. I just don’t expect what they promise but cannot possibly provide. Some will get my vote but not my heart. The winners get my prayers but barely a thread of my allegiance, because I’m already promised to someone else.
Jesus lived his human years among people bent by the very worst of governments. His followers cocked their ears for any hint of rebel talk but he gave them not a word. Instead told them to pay their taxes and be respectful, helpful even, to those who would bend them so. Not a few couldn’t take it, and Jesus let them walk away. His talk of a “kingdom not of this world” takes more listening than some have patience for. Me too, some days. I want justice without courage. But whoever heard of such a thing? It’s not in any history book anywhere. Nor the Bible either.
So, courage it will be along with enough levity and faith to endure what is surely just another season of human bluster and buffoonery, meant to entertain our minds and test our faith simultaneously. Besides, it’s too beautiful outside to read the news anyway.
I wish you peace & prayers.
~ pastor annette