There are mental breakdowns, and then there are political breakdowns. I’m still in the midst of a serious political breakdown. It’s become a clear crisis of faith in the American system that grows deeper by the day. Or maybe it’s simply God leading me into repentance and a rethinking of my closeted and idolatrous hope of political salvation.
I feel like I’m awakening to the fact that American is NOT “the last best hope on earth.” (Barak Obama, 2007) Nor is the American ideal “the hope of all mankind” (George Bush, 2002) Nor is she “a shining city on a hill” (Ronald Reagan, 1989, quoting founding father John Winthrop.) Those would decribe the Kingdom of God, and the sooner we clarify that, the better off we will all be. Then perhaps we’ll be able to cast off the idolatry, look realistically at the United States government, and begin to pick up the pieces.
But even more importantly, we’ll be in a position to identify the True Kingdom that really IS the world’s best hope. It’s time. No, it’s past time we become serious students of the Kingdom of God, the only kingdom that can truly deliver good news to the poor, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the captives, and the year of jubilee.
It’s all so new to me, this transfer of loyalty from a teetering human government to a kingdom that cannot be shaken. (Hebrews 12:27)
Tomorrow I leave for Budapest to teach in the Discipleship Training School. Don’t know yet how this will translate into the classroom, but it must. It’s time to raise a new flag over our hearts.