Applied Belief: Jesus and the Cubs

Who cares who wins the election? The Cubs have won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. If anyone needed a silver lining in this election year, there you have it! Now in a few days from the publishing of this article we probably will know who will be the next President of the United States.

It feels as though this has been the longest election cycle in modern history. Couples, friendships, and other relationships have broken up over this election. Christians have had more debates over this election than about theology. Let us all take a deep breath; it is almost over.

I want to remind you that regardless of what happens, we are still called to continue living our lives. As Christians we are called to live a life for Christ.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)

Many people during this election seem to have lost their minds if not their soul all for political expediency. Many Christians have marred their witness in a desperate attempt to defend certain political candidates. Many have forgotten that we are called to live tempered lives making sure we take up our “cross” which means to deny ourselves and follow the example of Jesus.

Our salvation and therefore our faith is not dependent on who is president. Once the votes are cast we are still responsible to live for Christ and to fulfill the great commission of making disciples of all nations.

Let me remind you of how the passage begins in Matthew 28: “And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Did you notice that? All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to the one, Jesus, whom we are to follow daily. Any authority vested in the president or any governmental office is temporary and does not even compare to the ultimate authority given to Jesus.

Again, on Nov. 9 we are not to lose heart or lose hope because Jesus says “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:1-3)

Jesus is coming back. You can take that to the bank. Now that the election is coming to an end and the Cubs have won the World Series, Jesus’ return could be just around the corner. I say this tongue in cheek off course because I am not a prophet to know if the Cubs have anything to do with Jesus returning but my point is that we have lived through a season, no pun intended, in our lives and our nation’s history in which things have happened that no one could ever scripted even if they tried.

I don’t know what will happen next but I am not afraid. Jesus reminded us “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

As we await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ may we continue to work; continue to live for Christ. I believe the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue to be a rallying call for all of us.

“Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And so I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

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About Rev. Marcos O. Almonte

Rev. Marcos O. Almonte is senior pastor at Brandywine Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist Church west of Philadelphia. Pastor Marcos is a graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary with more than 10 years working with families with an expertise in theology, trauma and addictions. Pastor Marcos and his wife Mary have three children, Carmen, Joseph, and Lincoln.



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