Still with me? We’re in dangerous territory. Should politics be a topic of conversation introduced by the pastor? It’s a valid question, but I can’t help it.
You see, in our reading for this Sunday from Luke 11, we hear three words I just can’t shake: Your kingdom come. The “Your” in this statement is none other than the creator God, Source of all life. Each week when we gather for worship we pray and ask that God’s kingdom comes. It’s a bold ask, a daring ask, and one to which God invites us. The question that chases me: Do I trust in God’s kingdom more than any other?
Just a few days separate us from the political conventions. Both parties cast a vision for what the country would be under their “power.” Both claimed we’d be more prosperous and safer under their authority. Each also described terrifying realities that would come to pass if the opposing party clawed their way into power. As one headline stated, “[Nominees] Tussle Over Whose America is Dangerous” (ABC News, August 29, 2020). ‘Trust me’ and ‘Be afraid’ were shared mantras.
But, the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11 says two things boldly: Trust God. Do not be afraid.
God’s kingdom is here in Christ and on the way in the Spirit. It is marked by the power of the crucified and resurrected Messiah, power made known in Christ’s self-giving love. God is at work in us and in the world to feed the hungry, lift up the lowly and set the captive free. God’s kingdom comes. That is our hope!
So, beloved children of God, research your options, get out there and vote. AND Trust God. Do not be afraid. God’s kingdom come! Amen?!
See you Sunday…