We’re in the thick of the primaries and one thing’s for sure: We’ve never seen an election like this in our lifetime. Emotions are high and no matter your party affiliation or your candidate of choice, it seems there’s a shared sense that big things are afoot.
We’re also in the midst of lent, the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday when Christians around the world have traditionally focused on prayer, repentance, and fasting.
It’s right to be engaged in the political process. Our freedom to do so is a gift and a responsibility. To be sure, a good President would make a world of difference in the coming four years and beyond.
But more than needing one good President, we, the people, need goodness within ourselves.
I don’t mean a “that was good pizza” kind of goodness, but the kind of goodness that fills our chests, that steers us to do what’s right when there’s no hint of personal gain to be had by doing so, that moves us to become all we can be not for the sake of self-promotion but for the sake of self-donation.
In other words, to become like Christ.
The forty days of Lent mirror the forty days Jesus spent praying, fasting, and being tested in the desert before He began His public ministry.
Lent invites us into a journey with God where we open ourselves humbly before His eyes, repent of our personal and corporate wrongdoing, and seek Him for the goodness we so desperately need that we do not find naturally within ourselves.
There are things no President can do.
And there are things no President can do for you that you can. Lent invites us to follow Jesus into the desert to find out what those things are.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Question: What kinds of things can you do that not even the best President can do for you? Leave a comment below.
P.S. Where Regen can help you grow in your ability to listen to God, walk free from sin, or love well, let us know.