What Makes God Laugh?

November 2, 2016

While every presidential election leads us to believe that if the wrong candidate is elected the nation is going to collapse, I cannot remember one that has caused more national angst than this one. Of course each candidate fuels that fire. As Christians there seems to be great debate about where faith comes into play in deciding on a candidate. Is it the faith of the candidate that matters or is it our own faith that informs our decision? It seems to me that as Christians, people of faith in a sovereign loving God, our faith should be in God, not presidential candidates. I am reminded of the Psalmist who wrote, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but our trust is in the name of the Lord our God.” (Ps. 20:7) And when I hear all these claims from candidates about all they are going to do and accomplish and conversely what a disaster the other candidate would be, I remember another verse from Psalms. “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? . . . He who sits in heaven laughs”. This election has at times been laughable in a sick humor sort of way. But, if we trust in God then apparently we don’t have to be afraid to vote or of the outcome. So pray, use your best judgement, flip a coin, draw a name out of hat, consult a psychic (no don’t do that), or whatever it is you do before you vote, but above all remember the words of Jesus, “let not your hearts be troubled, you trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms and I go there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to be where I am.” So I guess no matter how big a mess they make, we can always hope for heaven. Where by the way we don’t get a vote on who is in charge. Apparently the last candidate who pitted himself against the incumbent got banished to hell! And by the way, don’t take this too seriously either, thought we needed a little levity in the matter.