For the past 24 days and hours I have been in a bit of shock. Not from any one particular piece of news or information but more from the sheer volume and intensity of it all. For those of you that are familiar with Facebook.com you know that it revolves around “status updates” which are constantly updated to keep all of your “friends” abreast of your experiences and opinions. Here are a few of the statuses that I have cut and pasted word for word from the last 24 hours. I have taken all of the names out. (My explanations are in parenthesis)
(name) O BA MA.
(name) is thrilled.
(name) is elated.
(name) is still overjoyed and will wait for another day to engage in politcal banter with those who do not see the light.
Last night I was so thrilled and overwhelmed by Obama’s huge victory and as tears streamed down my cheeks
Nothing like socialism as far as change goes.
I am trying not to let them ruin my moment. If you could see what some of them are posting as their statuses…it makes me wanna cry.
(name) is singing, oh happy day!
(name) is proud to be an American today.
it’s feels surreal still…it’s just too amazing!
(name) is like, OMG! OMFG! OMG! OMG! She fell to the ground and cried in a room full of people she didn’t know. OMG!
(name) feels like this is a wonderful, amazing dream!
(name) knows God’s still in control – we’ll just live in another country.
(name) just finished dancing on the streets with his fellow (city residents). bon voyage dubya.
welcome to the longest and most painful 4 years in American History.
(name) is so freaking excited for OBAMA.
Amen! How can you not like brilliance and humility, as opposed to the arrogance & cockiness we’ve had? It was like the outlaw regime…
(name) is happy America choose the right man!
(name) is happy for his liberal friends, hoping Obama makes wise decisions, and praying for the unborn lives our taxpayer dollars will snuff out.
geez (name) ! a little ridiculous, dont you think? (In response)
uh, no. I’m guessing you’re talking about the last part? but why are you worrying about what I think. go enjoy this historical night. truly it is amazing. (in response to the response)
(name) feels like I’ve just watched a movie where the ending seems too good to be true.
(name) going to sleep well tonight!!
(name) is so glad to not have a president she’s embarrassed about anymore.
(name) Welcome to the longest 4 years in American History!
My hope and my prayer is that we can now let healing begin in our communities, our country and the world.
(name) is really really really celebrating.
(name) has nothing to say.
As I was reading all of these updates that floated in throughout the day I have become fairly troubled. It wasn’t so much with what was being written, but more who was writing it. As far as I know, every person that wrote the above comments would consider themselves a Christian. While there is nothing “un-chrisitian” about what they are saying I feel like what we (Edit) are doing is. What I see, is an all out battle. A battle that involves winners, and losers. A battle that involves victory for some and tears for others. A battle in which people see themselves as soldiers for a king. The problem is that it is the wrong battle and the wrong king.
So much of Jesus time was spent reminding us of our true citizenship. Our True King. The True Kingdom. And the True War, which is not against flesh and blood. The most frightening thing about this secondary battle is not that it is not good or important. The most frightening thing about it is that it is distracting us from our true battle, our true mission. Our mission is not to create systems of economic or governmental strength. These things will pass away. Our Mission is to serve our King and expand his Kingdom on this earth.
There are many who will think that these two missions are one and the same. We are citizens of America and Heaven. This is true and the intentions of individuals are not mine to judge. I am concerned, though, when the shouts for joy and the tears of sorrow of the citizens of heaven look and reflect the same things that the citizens of this earth rejoice and mourn over. When you read the various comments posted by Christians above do you get a feel that they have become more or less unified as a result of engaging in this political process? Has this political process strengthened or unified the Bride of Christ or is it chopping her to pieces? In a politically tumultuous time as this, Christians should be bonding together under their King and moving outward to heal the broken and bring strength to the weary. Is it possible that we have gotten far to wrapped up in becoming the soldiers whom we were called to heal? Do we respond to our citizenship of the Kingdom with one tenth of the fervor that is represented above in the fervor to our national government?
My final thoughts are this. I think it is a great thing to be a Mariners Fan. To be an American. To be half Korean. To live in Seattle and to enjoy Apple Computers. I consider these great things. They are a freedom and can be a privelage. BUT if they ever start to invade into the mission that I have been given to serve and love My King. If they ever cause disunity between those that I am called to serve with. If they distract instead of propel me to expand the Kingdom of God. Than it would be nothing short of a complete travesty to pursue or support them any further.