I am having a time. On social media, in the aisles of the grocery store, and in the narthex at Church, political discourse of a kind is taking place. I may need a trip to the mountains to clear my head.
I have found that it is in these high and rugged places I can get a view of what is real, what is important, and what is good. I could use a good dose of that right now!
Don’t get me wrong I am a political science major, and there is nothing I like more than a spirited, rational, thoughtful and well-intended political discussion.
The problem is I haven’t seen too many of them in recent years. As I look out over the landscape of this upcoming presidential election the levels of hyperbole and absurdity coming from both major parties and every, yes every candidate, it just makes my head hurt!
Liberal or Conservative, Democrat or Republican I think one of our main issues is that we are impatient. Our lack of patients drives us to take shortcuts and paint with overly broad brushes.
Don’t support candidate X they are like Hitler, don’t even listen to candidate Y they lie when they breathe. On and on it goes… We demonize the other seeking to get our way as fast as we can. We seek to make a complicated issue easy by diverting our attention away from the real problems.
There is hope in the midst of all this, Isaiah comes to us with a word from God. To a people who saw no way forward, no hope no future we hear these words.
It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
No candidate, no party no promise, no flashy slogan will do this. God is at work, it is God alone who will save, it is God alone for whom we wait, and in that waiting, we can work to better the lives our neighbors no matter their political orientation.
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7 And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.