There is Only One Messiah and America Isn't His Kingdom
Politicizing and nationalizing the kingdom of God is as ancient as Christ's proclamation of the countercultural kingdom itself. In the first century plenty of Jews expected a flag-waving messiah who would reestablish the nation of Israel as the preeminent empire on the earth, and they had only inherited this expectation from their patriarchs. The American flavor of this expectation has been employed since before the American Revolution.
But it is idolatry. Always has been, always will be.
Our hope is neither Republican nor Democrat, neither black nor white, neither liberal nor conservative, neither foreign security nor domestic tranquility. It is Jesus.
What is interesting in this last election cycle is the adoption of this idolatry by many younger evangelicals who hated it in the political stances of their parents and grandparents. After all the (well earned) criticism of years of conservative politicizing "Christian values" and trusting in "God's man in the White House," the critics have turned around and done the same thing. The issues are different -- the ethereal "social justice" replaces the illusory "Judeo-Christian morality" -- but the fundamental philosophy and theological bankruptcy are the same.
Let us not make this a young/old or liberal/conservative thing. It is a human thing, as all sin is. As all idolatrous hopes are.
Whether you are disappointed in the results of the recent election or elated by them, if you are a follower of Jesus, your allegiance is due Christ's kingdom, your hope is to be in his governance. The government shall be on his shoulders, the prophet tells us.
We only need one messiah.