Thank God they end today! I’m talking about the 2018 Midterm Elections. Perhaps you feel as I do. I have had my fill of the outrageous campaign blitz. The lies and over-the-top ads. The incredible amounts of campaign dollars spent. After today, we get some serious relief from all of that.
I believe the Midterm elections give us a window into the soul of America. Of course, politics have never been a pretty sight. But in my opinion, the political landscape has never been uglier than it is today. Currently, the GOP controls both houses of Congress. Polls show that Democrats may gain control of the House. Hence, the current fierce political battle between the two parties. According to news reports, voters went to the polls in record numbers during the early voting period.
But have things gone too far? Has the viciousness of politics in America become so deep-rooted that we have spun out of control? After these midterm elections are over, can we find civility and our equilibrium?
I am becoming more and more convinced we cannot.
Why? Because the 2016 midterm elections do not mean the end but a real brief pause from political madness. Given the non-ending drama we have had in Washington during the past two years–when Republicans controlled all branches of our government—expect things to become even more tense if the Democrats gain control of the House today.
Then, not long thereafter, we will be looking at the 2020 presidential election campaign. That promises a new wave of Trump-style politics and fiery rhetoric in his bid for re-election.
The point is that our increasingly ugly political machine will never cease to run. The kinds of money being spent on the current midterm elections tell the story. According to projections by the Center for Responsive Politics, $5 billion will have been spent, making these the most expensive midterm elections in US history.
As Christians, we must be careful not to be sucked in by the current political madness. Politics may be bigger than life in the eyes of many Americans today. But it pales in comparison to the work of the Kingdom we have been called to. It is what we should be most passionate about campaigning for. To this end we have been made ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Today, we in America find ourselves in a seriously divided nation–racially and politically. Present day politics have exacerbated this divide. But politics in and of itself is not ugly. It is politicians and their constituents who make politics ugly. Accordingly, the 2018 midterm elections and all its ugliness are a window into the soul of America. To me, the message is abundantly clear: For the healing of our nation, we must more seriously be about our Father’s business.
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