I have watched, with fascination, and not a little bit of trepidation, the results of the 2016 presidential election. Needless to say, these are tense and trying times for our country. Social media and electronic media have, no doubt, fueled our collective response to what has happened in this election.
Here are the top 10 responses I’ve seen to the results of the 2016 presidential election:
- Stunned silence.
The thing about most all of these reactions is that they put their hope in human beings rather than in something higher. Much Higher.
An old story is told about a missionary. He lives amongst a tribe that has no written language. He wants to translate the Bible so that they can actually have it written down; so that they can read it and write it.
So he goes about beginning to translate the Bible into their language, little by little. This tribe has no abstract words, so it’s very difficult to translate words like “faith.”
One day the missionary travels with the tribe to a local village where they can pick up some supplies. They come to a very deep ravine with a rickety bridge from one side to the other. All the tribe members have no problem pouncing on the bridge and making their way easily to the other side.
But the missionary isn’t so sure. He doesn’t trust the bridge. Meanwhile, the tribe is calling him from the other side using a word he’s never heard before. Finally, they coax him onto the bridge and he sheepishly makes it to the other side.
When he gets there he asks them what that word is they were using to coax him to use the bridge. They tell him the word, and they explain that it means: “You can put your full weight on it.” He now has his word for “faith.”
In this presidential election, it seems to me that far too many people put their full weight on the results. When we put our full weight on the results of a human institution, we can easily end up falling into the deep ravine.
But when we put our full weight on that which is Higher, namely Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we have a hope that can never be disappointed.
What is it upon which you put your full weight?