This past Sunday I preached on Psalm 16, which many scholars designate a “Song of Trust.” It opens with these two verses,
Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord,
“You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.” (NRSV)
In this season of a volatile presidential election, Psalms of trust are important to heed. The question I centered my sermon around came from verse one, “Where will we find our refuge?” The paragraphs below are an edited conclusion to my sermon.
Psalm 16 reminds those who claim to follow Jesus our refuge is only in Jesus. Contrary to what many Christians are claiming at the present time, only our refuge lies with neither the Republicans nor Democrats (or what’s left of either party). We must also remember our refuge not found in the United States of America itself. For a Christian, Jesus is Lord. This declaration is, in fact, the central focus of Church’s mission from it’s earliest moments. The Kingdom of which Jesus is Lord is found in every tribe, tongue, and nation on the earth. That world-spanning community is one manifestation of Jesus as refuge here on earth, this is what Christian theology teaches his disciples.
For Christians Jesus holds all authority, the gift of eternal life, and the wonderful power of both hope and forgiveness. Because these ideas are the very heartbeat of Christianity, our message must transcend the human proclivities to build dehumanizing walls or make allowances for corruption so a “greater good” can be served. Our cry in this time can’t be, “USA” or “Lock her up” or “Build that wall” or “I’m with her” – it must be, now and at all times, “Come to Jesus, The Kingdom of Heaven is Near.”