Mid-Term Elections and the Long View

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

There are lots of things about growing older that irk me. It takes me 10 minutes of stretching before I can touch my toes. My ears grow more hair than my head. Colonoscopies. Enough said.

But there are some benefits too. Like cultivating a long view of life.

Listening to the cultural rhetoric, you’d think that this mid-term election is the start of the apocalypse. Yes, who holds office is important, but the future of the human race does not hang in the balance. We’ve enjoyed great leaders and suffered fools and life goes on. So, could we just take a breath? Please?

I’m not trying to diminish the importance of these elections, nor the privilege that it is be engaged in the process of electing our leaders. Nor am I oblivious to the impact that our national, state and local leaders have on the lives of people near and far.

But when we place such profound weight on who holds political office we tend to forget two important things.

First, every one of us is empowered to shape this world. Every thought, word and action has consequences for better and for worse. That reality should encourage us to practice greater self-reflection and stir us to more creative, courageous action, rather than just relying upon our elected officials.

And second, God is still in the house.

I’m going to vote on Tuesday because I think it matters. I believe that it is both my duty and privilege.

But when I leave the voting both I want to remember that I’ve been “elected” – called – to be a change agent, a conduit of God’s work in the world. And so have you.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

Recent Posts

Leave a Comment