This past weekend I went with the elders of White Fields Church to Allenspark, where we had a marathon of meetings, but in such a beautiful spot that we could also enjoy some hiking and the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
We had a great time together, but I was surprised how exhausted I felt at the end of it. However, I feel very encouraged about where our church is at and where we are going.
Speaking of exhaustion and encouragement: the US election is coming up in 3 days.
I’m exhausted by the campaigns, by the division it causes, I’m exhausted because both of the major party candidates have major character flaws and neither of them are someone I can be excited to vote for.
However, I am also hopeful. Yesterday I ran across an article by Carey Nieuwhof that was a breath of fresh air. True, he’s a Canadian, so he doesn’t really have any skin in the game, but then on the other hand, they have Justin Trudeau and pretty much all of the things conservative Americans are concerned about happening in the US have already happened in Canada – so maybe a Canadian is the exact person who can speak into our situation.
Here are the 5 predictions he gives:
- There will be renewed interest in the sovereignty of God
- The church will look to Christ more and to the state less
- Living out your values will become more important than ever
- The tone of public discourse will get worse…or better
- The work of the local church will be more important than ever
Carey expounds on each of these in his post – it’s worth reading, but the tone of what he is saying is something I have found curiously lacking from Christian leaders during this election season.
I, for one, cannot lose hope – because as a Christian I know that 1) God is sovereign and 2) the best is yet to come.