“The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed
on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day,
and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.”
-Jesus of Nazareth
Friday, November 6th
I awoke early this morning along with millions of other Americans after watching the election results into the wee hours, “sleeping and rising” over these last three days like the sower in Jesus’ parable. I don’t know about “sprouting and growing,” but as the ballots continue to be counted in Georgia and Pennsylvania in the East, and in Arizona and Nevada in the West, allegations of fraud have come out of the White House and varying lawsuits have been filed. It’s a difficult time for our country. Whom should we trust, and what can we believe?
The right of every eligible American to cast their vote according to the laws of their state without regard to race, gender or property functions as the keystone holding up the vast arch of our democracy. Fracture the integrity of that, and our Republic will not long endure. Yet in spite of our polarized political convictions, God is calling us to look up from such a time as this to the One who came for such a time as this. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). And he comes to us still, bringing with him the precious attributes of the Kingdom, like seed waiting to be sown. Are you ready to open your hand to scatter the seed of the Gospel–with justice, kindness and humility–trusting in God to bring forth the harvest?
The Old Testament teaches that Lady Wisdom was the first creation of our Triune God: Sophia, the master-worker, who stood beside God when heaven and earth were made, delighting in the human race (Proverbs 8). Now she stands at our nation’s crossroads, crying out:
“To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.
O simple ones, learn prudence;
acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right.”
May God bless our nation with wisdom in the living of these days, and may we trust in God alone to bring forth that harvest of righteousness for which we hunger.
Rev. Clinton G. Roberts