“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” H. L. Mencken
Last night was a disaster for the Unites States of America. But how does the Christian respond? For myself, I am more than ever reminded that “here we have no continuing city, but we look for a city whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb. 13:14, 11:10) This isn’t the first time since Pentecost that a great empire has fallen. This isn’t the first time God’s people have been forcibly reminded that we are strangers and pilgrims in this fallen world.
How, then, do we respond to what happened last night? May I suggest with divine indifference? Surely Christians know that the Kingdom does not come through the ballot box, but by God’s Spirit. Surely our first task is to build that Kingdom while the nations crumble. Nothing that happened last night can have the slightest effect on our Kingdom mandate. In fact, when disaster comes (economic, social, educational, etc.), as it inevitably will, we will be in a better position to be Kingdom builders than at any time in the past 100 years!