“Show me again, grandfather, and I will finish what you started.” – Kylo Ren
Last night, we received word that Ted Cruz was suspending his campaign for President of the United States. Shortly after, we received word that John Kasich was also suspending his campaign. And then, it started. Voices on Social Media hammered out their various positions in the political spectrum, ranging anywhere from “I’ll never vote for Trump” to “Anyone But Hillary” to “Third Party!” to “I’m moving to Canada.”
Today, on May the Fourth (of all days), America has taken a hard look at itself in the mirror, through the reflection of the 2016 presidential campaign. And what it has found (Trump vs. Clinton) is that it doesn’t much like what it sees. Like Kylo Ren being forced by Rey to finally consider his own thoughts, it is as though America is a nation that has just now begun to consider its own actions.
But, how is this possible? Real voters have to have voted for these two, in order for us to be in this position Surely, some people are happy? Where can they be found?
With the vast range of threats being made now that the candidates are surely Trump and Clinton, I am reminded of a statement of confidence made in Psalm 20. Verses 6-8 of the psalm say:
“Now this I know: The LORD gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.”
Now, over time, people have come to a wide variety of conclusions over the claims in this Psalm. Some will read these verses and conclude, “Well, God must have wanted Clinton and Trump to be the nominees.” Others will point to verse 8 and prophesy that Clinton and Trump will soon be “brought to their knees.”
I think there is another option here, and that is to say that the life placed before the Christian is neither a life of escapism nor conformity. The Christian does not seek to escape the current reality, nor does the Christian seek to conform to it. In other words, we are not moving to Canada, nor are we falling along the Trump or Clinton party lines. Instead, the Christian engages the current situation with the mind of Christ, the foundation of Scripture, and the leading of the Spirit.
John Stonestreet encourages Christians today in this pursuit of engaging culture by saying, “Maybe this could be a great moment for Christians engaged in culture because of the amount of work there is to be done and Christianity always, to any cultural dilemma—always has the best answer on the market.”
So what is to be done today, on May the 4th? There is a third option. Before you consider moving to Canada or simply falling in line with one of these candidates, consider engaging the current situation with the mind, strength, and attitude of Jesus Christ. Psalm 20 suggests that the trust of every man and every woman be put in the LORD God and that even in the midst of rulers rising and falling, one can “rise up and stand firm.” May the fourth be with you!