The Church in America needs to be very careful in the coming days, especially the prophetic community. To an outsider looking in, it might appear at first glance that our hope has been placed in the outcome of this election. Whenever hope is displaced, fear abounds.
When Jesus rose from the dead 2,000 years ago, the first disciples were filled with fear, dread, and worry. They did not know which direction their lives would travel. Every generation of believers since the first century have been afraid of something. Yet, despite this reoccurring fear, the Church has been able to live and grow in the knowledge of the Lord when the followers of Jesus were willing to realign their lives with real hope.
John 20 tells us on Sunday evening after Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. “Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! Peace be with you, he said” (20:19). Jesus offered His peace to fearful and concerned disciples. He is standing among us now, offering the same peace if we are willing to receive the gift.
A resurrection of peace is coming. In this resurrection of peace, the Lord will challenge everything in our lives that creates fear and hopelessness. He will purify and simplify our lives so that our hope can return to its original mooring, and the cargo of peace can be off-loaded from the vessel of our faith.
This peace will not be produced by the results of this election, one way or another. The peace offered by the Prince of Peace will last long past this election, past our individual lifespans, and beyond the time allotted for our nation to exist.