November 7

Malachi 4:1-2a

“But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.” vs. 2a

Malachi, like other prophets in Judah, spoke of the coming Day of the Lord, a time in which God would rain down fire and destruction on evil-doers, while also preserving the righteous from any harm. We see that same prophetic discourse in these latter days as we look forward to a future that many believe is fraught with imminent disaster. Some anticipate catastrophic environmental changes brought on by global warming. They warn that we don’t have long to change our ways before disaster strikes. Some others would say that the Day of the Lord is linked to our state elections, and that there will be long-lasting dire consequences if the wrong candidates are elected. While it is true that the environment demands our attention in significant ways, it’s doubtful whether the election results will have eternal significance. Of course we would like our preferred candidates to win–elections do have consequences–but if they don’t, life will still go on. The sun will rise on us all and we will then have time and energy to focus on the mission so clearly laid out by Jesus. We’ll be loving our enemies, doing good to those who hate us, proclaiming the good news of grace, and figuring out how to feed the hungry. Our call to be the presence of Christ in the world never ends–and frankly, sometimes it’s a relief not to have to worry about elections.

Thought for the Day: How much do I care about the election?

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