While trying to stay as active in politics as I can -- we Christians, after all, may not be of the world, but we are in it -- I don't ever want to forget that my mission, first and foremost, is to help spread the gospel. That is where our hope lies.
Just what is the gospel? Nothing more than the good news that Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, died for sinners, taking upon himself the wrath reserved for us. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23, ESV), but "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
The gospel is the hope for those already condemned. Simply repent of your sin and put your faith in Jesus Christ. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation; we must trust in the finished work of Christ, the only one who lived a sinless life and bore our punishment. The moment we believe, his righteousness is imputed to us. We become new creations, and God now sees us through the lens of what happened on Calvary.
There's more. Christ's resurrection, which we celebrate today, was his triumph over death: "Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).
My prayer is that our nation will turn and embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the only true freedom we will ever know.