For the Dual Citizens Among Us, One Election-Day Nearer the Eschaton
From Isaiah, no stranger to political reversal:
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
All the nations are as nothing before him,
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
Isaiah 40:15-25 (ESV)
From Francis Schaeffer, at whose pen, so long ago, many of us nursed when first dragged into the light:
Equating any other loyalty, whether it is political, national, or ethnic, with our loyalty to God is sin, and we better get our priorities straight now.
From dear old John, across the centuries, more needful for our day than even his own:
How long, O Lord, have you bestowed
your care upon our rebel land?
Of all the nations, few, O God,
have known such blessings from your hand.
Here many godly people dwelt,
as once the glorious gospel shone;
long uninvaded, we had felt
that you had made our cause your own.
But heaven and earth have clearly heard
our wild rejection of that love:
we, though like children kindly reared,
ungrateful and rebellious prove.
Your grace despised, your power defied,
and legions of the vilest crimes,
the foulest sins of lust and pride
all greatly mark the present times.
Lord, hear your people everywhere,
who meet to mourn, confess and pray:
the nation and your churches spare,
and let your wrath be turned away.
John Newton (modernized, ©2000, Praise Trust)
And finally, from The Psalter, 1912, the integration of all of the above:
Not unto us, O Lord of Heav’n,
But unto Thee be glory given;
In love and truth Thou dost fulfill
The counsels of Thy sovereign will;
Though nations fail Thy pow’r to own,
Yet Thou dost reign, and Thou alone.
Blessed the people who, upon hearing the threatenings of the Law, consider its application to themselves as well as their neighbor, and when hearing the consolations of the Gospel, consider its application to their neighbor as well as themselves. May we find joy in the harvest during this new season of opportunity, however long or short it pleases the Lord of the harvest to extend the daylight hours.