My mum’s name is Tammy, but everyone calls her Tambo. To her kids, she is known as Mombo. To her grandkids, she is known as Grambo. To anyone who messes with her family, she is known as Rambo. Last night, she was speaking in front of a thousand women (I snuck in…can anyone say, “nepotism?”), and she said that the Bible is so hopeful, it should be defined as a “magical, honorable domain.” Raise your glass. Give a high five to the universe. She was spitting gold. It’s not a book of rules but a book that teaches us to hope because God rules. It’s His domain. The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible. And if Paul himself claims he wrote the Bible to give us hope (Romans 15:4), then “Bob’s your uncle.”
If you read the Scriptures and walk away with less hope rather than more, it is a giant exercise in missing the point.
But the maxims are oh-so-true: Hope is not hype…it’s based on the fact that the King has MORE IN STORE, so we can think like a proton and be positive because life is like photography: We develop from the negatives. Still and all, this election season has occasioned mass pessimism. I have heard many people say they voted for the candidate who was “the least worst choice.” And when they say it, their facial expressions are something akin to Chicken Little or Eeyore. I, on the other hand, am partial to the philosophy of my favorite politician.
The pugnaciously, inimitable Winston Churchill said, “I daresay I am an optimist…it doesn’t seem too much use being anything else.”
While the race to the White House between Clinton and Trump has arguably tripped the most polarizing division in our country since Vietnam, perhaps we’ve grown discouraged because we’ve forgotten that, according to Solomon, the presidents themselves must do the bidding of a Higher Power. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Contrary to popular opinion, the leader of the free world Himself has a boss: The one the Bible calls, “The King over all the Earth.”
Napoleon Bonaparte admitted as much. He said, “I have known men, and Jesus Christ is no mere man. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and myself have all founded empires. But upon what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love. And at this hour, millions of men would die for Him.”
No one thus far has been able to impeach the King of kings, coax the crown off His head or do a coup.
Why so pessimistic, Christians? Some people see the cup half empty, others, half full. I’m of neither persuasion. In my humble and correct opinion, wink wink, technically the cup is totally full: half H2O, half nitrogen and oxygen. Like David, I prefer to say, “…My cup runneth over!” For, as David said, “In His presence is fullness of joy,” and He is, “…My portion and my cup.” I’ll allow that politics are not always robustly flavored donuts of fun. Affairs of state are never nice, neat, right angles. Democracy is messy. Nowadays, nobody gets into the Oval Office without some skeletons and mudslinging.
But if you think the system is broken and politicking is an insoluble problem, here’s how you solve it. Whenever I couldn’t solve a problem in math, I just turned to the back of the book. The answers were always there. The same is true of the Bible. The answer is in the back of the Good Book: Turn to Revelation, or for millennials, turn on Revelation (in defense of reading the Bible on an iPad, the first words of God were written on a tablet). Revelation is 22 chapters long. In 17 of the 22 chapters on roughly 45 occasions, we read about a piece of furniture: a throne. All of human history is moving toward this throne. You may be a “Game of Thrones” fan. But as a friend of mine says, there is no game when it comes to His throne. The narrative arc of mankind is moving toward neither an autocracy or monarchy, nor even a democracy, but a theocracy: the reign of God.
In four years from now, whether a democrat or republican gets elected, we know where history is really going.
We don’t follow the donkey or the elephant…we follow the Lamb of God and the Lion of Judah. No matter who gets into the White House, God can’t be dethroned. Case in point: There is less violence in the world today than ever before in world history, because the Kingdom of heaven is coming to earth, just as we’ve been taught to pray. He. Is. On. The. Throne. Take heart, mate. The universe is unfolding as it should. The psalmist goes so far as to say God is enthroned on the flood. The biggest storm in history, God rules over even that. So, when the debates are tempestuous and politics get too annoying to stand, kneel at the throne.