Now, now that we have a president and it was the one you voted for. Now that elections are over-ish. Now that we wait for the recounts, lawsuits, etc., now can I say “Jesus is King” or is that still considered insensitive, friends? I’m asking out of humility and genuine curiosity.
I ask because I recently got in trouble and if you think I am “subtweeting” you, I am not. I got in trouble for declaring truths about God. Now, that’s nothing too new. I am a lover of Jesus and people in a highly secularly city. I constantly get “in-trouble” as a Christian; that’s part of the full-time job. But recently, specifically on election day I got in trouble for sharing Scripture that points to the sovereignty of God. Before you speculate, that’s not why I have been off social media for a few days and counting now:
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by his blood, 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.7 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth So it is to be. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:5-8
I debated whether or not it was worth my time and yours to actually try to speak on the behalves of your Christian friends, well, attempt to. How do I come off as genuinely sorry for offending, yet also bring perspective while avoiding coming off as defensive? I do not know but let me do my best. I ask that you all stay with me until the end of this post. Give my blog a chance.
I fully acknowledge that Christians can come off as insensitive people and I can fully acknowledge that we are not the best at empathizing and sympathizing. If you find a Christian who is great at that, keep them close. First, thank God as all glory goes to the Intentional Designer, but keep them close. I wish I was better at empathizing and though it may not look like it, I truly work harder every day to get better at that. This of course is all to say that I fully acknowledge why saying “Jesus is King” can be inconsiderate during a time like this. I fully apologize if I came across this way and take full responsibility for my lack of perspective.
“Jesus is King” is insensitive, doesn’t consider the perspective of those who are terrified of our potential president, offensive to anyone who does not like this Jesus guy in the slightest, etc. Ironically, I said “Jesus is King” out of utter compassion and love for our world. I said it to bring perspective to those who are terrified of who wins the election. I said it specifically so those who do not like the Jesus guy in the slightest can at least hear what the Bible has to say. I would hope that my brothers and sisters in Christ had the same underlying motivations. Please do not let yourself paint an unbiblical and incorrect version of who Jesus really is solely because you have had imperfect people try to explain a perfect God. My friends, I know the people in the church are imperfect and have messed up in showing you who Jesus is. I am sorry for any wrong or negative encounter you have had with God’s people. Please give Jesus a chance, not His imperfect people. I encourage you to let the Bible speak for itself.
That being said, I find it peaceful to know that there is something greater out there. I find it peaceful to know that regardless of who wins, and yes I am writing this before knowing results, that my salvation, worth and love is secured in something greater than myself or anything this imperfect world has to offer.
Listen, I get it. I get if you see suffering as clear evidence that God does not exist. I get that if there even is a possibility of a God, that your personal sufferings and lack of happiness is enough to hate a so-called Creator. I get it and there is too much to unpack about all the logical fallacies in those arguments, but let’s do Zoom & coffee and talk about it. Much more importantly, I hear you and I am sorry for whatever it is that you’re going through. I am sorry that you’re struggling. I am sorry that every day feels like a new battle. Oh, friend, how I understand and can relate to this more than you realize. “How can a good God allow suffering?” is one of the most asked questions and I cannot unpack all of that in this specific post. But I hear you, I feel you and more importantly so does Jesus whether you believe it or not. Whether you believe it, let the Bible speak for itself. You are loved fully.
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
Friends, I get your fear in some regard. I know for some of my readers I will never come close to understanding what you face on a daily basis and why this world needs to change, and I acknowledge that, so do my run-on sentences. But my friends, I will proclaim “Jesus is King” until I am with Him in Heaven. I share this with you because regardless of any pain or sufferings or trials we go through, this is not the end. Regardless of our president, Jesus still wins in the end. Do not underestimate the power of God and what He can do through imperfect people. Regardless of what is to come and all of the uncertainty wrapped within it, the way to salvation has always been certain. Will you consider Jesus is Lord?
5 “Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:5-6
Now my Christian friends, let me be purposefully harsh with you as I remind you and myself that though we see eternity and though we see a heaven, do not ignore the heartache, injustice, and pain of this earth. Do not let yourself fall into the “well, it’s whatever because I’ll be in heaven anyway” mindset as I easily tend to do. Though we see this earth as temporary, we better care about how God’s creations get treated on it. Christians, consider who Jesus is and consider how He lived. Consider how He acted on this earth. You fight for justice, you help those in need, you continually extend grace and forgiveness, you pray for our government, and above all you love as Christ calls us to. You love God AND You love people. Do you understand that? Consider what it truly means to love from the Bible and not from our worldly view of love. WWJD, It’s absolutely cheesy and I think that’s why my Christian friends and I overlook it, but honestly, what would Jesus do? How would He love and act?
Jesus still wins in the end. We will continue to fight for justice. We will continue to help those in need. We are one nation under God whether you like it or not. Regardless of what is to come, Jesus still wins in the end. Will you at least consider it? Will you at least consider all of the evidence that supports Christianity? I am not saying you should not be anxious. Your feels are completely valid and should be felt in a healthy way. What I am saying is there is freedom in certainty. There is freedom in knowing that this world is incomparable to Heaven. There is freedom in knowing that God loves us unconditionally. There is freedom in knowing that salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone, not in our own works. I have considered your worldview, can you try to consider mine? You are loved fully, designed uniquely, and made worthy through Jesus. Consider it, friends.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away. 5 Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give to the thirsty from the spring of the water of life. 7 The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son. 8 But the cowards, faithless, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:1-8
Big congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. I pray over you both as you lead this country with justice, grace, peace, wisdom and love for all of God’s creations.