The change of leadership in Washington marks the passing of an era. Few times in American history has the transition to a new administration been as dramatic as this one promises to be.
The current turmoil obscures the challenges Mr. Trump has had to deal with for the last four years. His critics forget a stock market that went from a low of $19,762 at the end of 2016 to end 2017 at $24,719 … or the thousands of migrants coming up from Central America with plans to cross our borders without documentation … or the onset of a Pandemic no one knew how to handle … or moving the American embassy to Jerusalem … or two Supreme Court appointments giving the Court a conservative tone.
It is easy to criticize after the fact. If you don’t like the man, you would more than likely find fault with whatever he did. Leadership, by definition, demands taking control and making the tough decisions no one else can or wants to make. But Mr. Trump has been a leader and he kept his word. Whether that’s been to our good only history will tell.
And still the story is not yet finished. The early January outcome of a Senate run-off in Georgia may leave the Democrat Party in control of both the U. S. House and the Senate. By inauguration, America may be under the leadership of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi. Now that’s enough to get anyone’s attention!
There is a sense in which Mr. Trump’s time in the White House is a metaphor for each of our lives. His accomplishments have often been overshadowed by his style. What he did will soon be forgotten but how he did it is another matter. Only in retrospect will we know whether America got what it needed … or what it deserved.
And so it is with you and me. Our legacy will not be in what we accomplished in life; our legacy will rest on who we were. Our honesty, our character, and the integrity of our life will be remembered long after we have passed on.
Even Jesus’ actions were soon forgotten. Those He raised from the dead, the multitudes He fed, the people He healed, soon died and faded into history. But the impact of His life lay in Who He was. Jesus’ compassion and His love left a legacy that within days of His crucifixion launched the greatest spiritual and social revival the world has ever seen. His life, and His death, were not in vain.
To the Christian community, I would encourage patience, and invite you to join me in bringing our nation before God in prayer. True, the evangelical community may be as welcome in present-day America as a whisky nose at a temperance gathering but our nation is going to need us. We can ignore God’s standard of morality and the principles of right and wrong He has given us for only so long. Inevitably, there will be hell to pay.
Perhaps God has placed you and me where we are for just such a time as this. If our fears materialize, or if another COVID-19 pandemic size crisis sweeps our nation, America is going to need us to live our faith. Our society may have little interest in what we believe, but perhaps they will be influenced by who we are. “Love the Lord, your God,” Jesus said, “and your neighbor too.” There can be no other way.