'For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels or demons, neither present nor the future,
nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything
else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love
of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.'
That's really what we're thinking about as we head into this election week here in the U.S. The future.
We are wanting someone to lead us into a future, a future that represents whatever our particular beliefs and hopes and dreams and ideals are. Someone to secure that future for us, to cast a vision, to flesh it out, to lead us to it.
But, there's a problem.
None of our candidates, not presidential, not council person, not county sheriff, none of them have access or proprietary rights for that elusive thing we call the future.
The future is a slippery, difficult-to-define phenomenon.
Because once you're upon it, it's no longer the future. It's the now. And the now has a way of making us long for and idolize or fear our future.
And we actually think that an individual, a person of our choosing or a person we desperately don't want to hold office will somehow harness and rope and craft to their liking the world to come.
We don't get to control our futures, not through ourselves, not through our candidates. We can follow our principles. We can lay brick upon brick in the hope that a structure of posterity will result. We can do our part to lay a foundation. We can add time, resources, effort. And then we discover ourselves in that future, that linear experience that becomes our now. We sometimes find fulfillment of vision. We sometimes have disappointment. We often find that events have taken a course we couldn't have imagined.
But this one thing about the future we can know. You can know it as a certainty when you enter that polling booth on Tuesday. You can know it as a certainty when you watch the exit polls breathlessly extolled on cable news. You can know it as a certainty when the computer-generated maps light up in red and blue on Tuesday night. It is the one thing certain about your future.
And that is this.
Nothing can separate you from the love of God.