ERICKSON: 50,000 feet looking down

November 9, 2012 

I actually wrote this last week. It needed to be said before the election as both sides’ nerves began to fray. For Republicans, it is worth touching up and writing here.

I get the enormity of the election. I get the passion. I get the excitement. But I don’t get the anger, worry and dread on either side. I have friends upset with me for not getting it and for not sharing it. “Don’t you know what is at stake?” they demand.

Don’t you know what is not at stake?

People on the left became convinced Mitt Romney would put blacks in chains out in cotton fields and uteruses would be locked up.

People on the right are convinced Barack Obama will now take down the stars and stripes, hoist the red banner of communism, and this American experiment will promptly conclude.

My world view is pretty simple. I think this world is destined to go to hell in a hand basket by design. Obama winning does not upset me. Whoever won would be part of God’s plan.

God is sovereign and He is in charge and He will return. That is my hope and my ever present expectation.

We often get so wrapped up in the view of things at ground level, we forget to look at the world from 50,000 feet. In the historic, grand scheme of things, this too will end.

Don’t confuse me with a fatalist and don’t confuse me with someone who does not really care about the future of our nation. I think we are the last best hope of mankind on this planet. But my destiny is not tied to this planet. While I am here, however, I have convictions that are greater than either candidate and either party and I fight more for a cause than a candidate. I expected, regardless of who won, I’d find myself at odds with them on issues.

Each day I’ve woken up since Tuesday, I’ve still had my wife, my kids and my family. I still have my God.

Some of you, on both sides, are convinced that the end of the world is nigh when elections do not go your way. The end is nigh. But not quite yet.

What I do know for sure is that I’m headed home to eternity and this world is temporary. So while I like politics and have my side and want it to win, I don’t think the end of the world is upon us just because the other side won.

You should not either.

Too many of my friends have gotten so focused on defeat and are so convinced the country is over that they are joyless to be around right now. They are full of dread and worry and fear. They’ve lost their sense of humor. They cannot laugh at themselves, their side, or much of anything. They are mad at others, myself included, for not being as worked up as they are. The frenzy has become a purity test, not the conviction.

God is sovereign regardless of Tuesday night’s outcome. Set your sights on God and be happy. In four years, we really will do this all over again whether you think so or not right now. There is no permanence except in Heaven.

To paraphrase Hebrews 11, we are strangers and exiles on the earth. We desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called our God, for he has prepared for us a city.

Erick Erickson is a CNN contributor and radio talk show host in Atlanta.

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