How is it that the political push for presidency has made a mad rush at the Advent stage? I have friends - good friends of mine - who have reasons and schpeels and thoughtful arguments about who I should support in the next election. After being out of US politics for three years (not that there wasn't plenty going on in Honduran politics to keep me occupied), walking around inside its borders feels like another case of the blind leading the blind.
Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful.
I'm thankful I don't have to worry if the policeman pulling me over is legit. I'm thankful there aren't men with large guns guarding every fast food restaurant. I'm thankful I can open my Bible in a coffee shop.
But, it's not perfect.
Liberties, freedoms, greed, possibilities, money, truth, defense, cause... sin - the blessing and the mess of it are mixed together like a good, Midwestern casserole and sometimes it's hard to tell what ingredients were thrown in.
Reminds me of the human condition - the blessing and the mess of it.
We've got people occupying Wall Street because there's a bunch of money they don't have. We've got people marching in support of our troops, who are marching in other countries. We've got people rallying to bring those troops home - for good. We've got people protesting abortion clinics and people protesting the elimination of them.
We've got a bunch of sinners in this country, can you believe it? I don't know how that happened.
Wait, yes I do. And I know the way to redemption. His name is Jesus.
God knew, before the foundations of the world, that we would make a mess out of His perfect Creation. He knew we would kill our brothers and hate our neighbors; that we would spit in the face of His provision and throw away manna like it didn't just fall miraculously from the sky. He knew and He still provided a way.
His name is Jesus.
Nowhere in history can we see a glowing story of human victory over evil. Nowhere in history have we ever been able to redeem ourselves or pull ourselves out of the deep, dark pit called evil with our own strength.
There is a way.
His name is Jesus and God planned that He would be born into the blessing made mess called Creation, so that He might restore us into right relationship with our Creator.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
God, come and be with us. Show us the way into beautiful. Come, disperse the gloomy clouds and put death's dark clouds to flight. Bring the brilliant light of salvation.
Jesus is the only way to truly see beauty in the blessing and the mess of this life.