The Election: Waiting in 2020

Wednesday, November 4th: Associated Press 7AM

So we wait again… If there’s one thing 2020 is stretching us in, it’s patience. Wait at home. Wait for jobs and schools to reopen. “Please wait, while I run back to my car and grab the mask I forgot to put on for the 100th time!” 😷 Now we wait for the results of one of the most highly contested—most participated in—elections of the 21st Century (and arguably in the history of our nation).
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As a follower of Jesus, the greatest thing I wait for is his return. As Jesus’ brother, James, reminds us:
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“Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.” James‬ ‭5:7-8‬ ‭MSG‬‬
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James’s reminder does not abdicate us of our responsibility to shape our world in the here-and-now, but it does help every believer to put the current events of our time in proper context. The governments (nor candidates) of the world cannot, ultimately, fix our broken systems and lives. 
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There’s only One who will be able to do this, it’s our Master, Jesus, who we patiently wait for. He came to heal the broken hearted (Isaiah 61) and that’s what he continues to do now through his Spirit. Until our hearts are made whole, humanity will be fighting it out. We are all patiently waiting and as we wait, our hearts are being more perfected. As James also said
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“…count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
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In the waiting…we grow in patience. Patience perfects us (matures us, helps us to grow up spiritually, be like our heavenly Father).
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As you wait yet again… let it not consume you—tax, burden, stress you—let it perfect you. Let it make your heart more whole, more like Jesus’. And this—humans with whole hearts (i.e. humans who love their neighbors as well as themselves)—is the only hope for our societies, governments, faith communities and our world.

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