After the results of the election came in I started noticed a trend in my social media steams. It was a trend which, to be honest, I've come to expect – yet I found it jarring all the same. The trend was this. Among my more conservative friends I began to see remarks like, “Depressed, but Jesus is Lord”; and “Not the result I wanted, but Jesus is still Lord.” Among more liberal friends I began to see folks express their elation at their candidate's victory – yet even here I would occasionally the remark, “But Jesus is still Lord.”
One one level I suppose I could be grateful my fellow Christians are remembering Jesus is still Lord. On another level, however, I find these declarations a bit disturbing. Win or lose we keep revealing what it is that truly matters to us, the political issues and campaigns of our day. This is where we, like many others in our culture, spend our time and our energy. In light of this, it's almost like our proclamation of Jesus' lordship is done out of a sense of “oh, oops” guilt. We know we're supposed to say that, but in the wake of what “really” matters it's of a secondary importance.
So let me say to myself, my depressed friends, and my elated friends, “'Jesus is Lord' isn't a consolation prize.” It is, in fact, the statement which defines the Christian calling – we live under, and express through our lives, the rule of Jesus Christ. It is our calling to live that out as a people, no matter what political reality we live under. Now, some people I know believe Barak Obama's policies were more compatible with the Christian calling, others believed Mitt Romney's policies were more compatible. Some people I know believe we're all bought and sold so it doesn't matter who actually gets elected. Yet, for all our differences, on Election Day folks from all over the political continuum gathered at Central Baptist this week, and took Communion as one. We remembered we were part of God's story and declared the Lordship we bow to – the reign of Jesus Christ.
To be called to stand in that way as one people, is among the greatest gifts we have been given by our Lord. Never push Jesus to secondary importance, for anything.