The American elections have come and gone and much to the chagrin of many people the outcome was as unpredictable as it was stunning! Nearly every political pundit, pollster, reporter and most journalists got it wrong—the very candidate they laughed to scorn and wrote off as a jokester, ridiculed by the media, and disdained by the both major political parties—finagled a stunning upset and won the election. Consequently, many voters are hoping their candidate will usher in a season of prosperity while others are bemoaning he will marshal in the end of the world! What are we to think of this development?
First, we should take a moment and give thanks to God. Our General Elections occur in November shortly before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Perhaps we should take a hint from what these two holidays represent and give thanks that as Americans we are blessed; so, let us begin by counting our blessings.
Next, NO nation has ever attained perfection—and neither have its leaders. Every nation is fraught with problems, unrest and imperfect leaders and people. The Bible tells the story of God and the narrative of the people he chose to lead the masses. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Sampson, David, Solomon, Peter and Paul were great leaders yet all were flawed. Noah became intoxicated, Abraham lied, Jacob stole his brother’s birthright, Moses killed a man, Sampson consorted with harlots, David was an adulterer, Solomon loved “strange women,” Peter denied the Lord and Paul was a blasphemer and a persecutor of Christians. These were men chosen by God to lead in spite of their moral shortcomings?
Continuing, democracy as we practice it is a relatively new form of government. In times gone by kings and rulers usually rose to power by brute force, by being chosen, or by heredity (dynasties). Most rulers claimed to rule by “divine right” meaning God has ordained them ruler; in some instances, they were regarded as a god. To rebel against a ruler was equated with rebelling against God. This doesn’t mean the populace was always happy with this arrangement but to rebel against the king or emperor often meant certain death.
People unhappy with the election outcome and clamoring “he is not my president” or shouting “we will not follow him,” is not a contemporary development. Oddly Jesus spoke a parable about a similar scenario. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us (Luke 19:12-14). Sound familiar?
Humans although made in the image of God are iconoclastic and often mutinous. If we weren’t there would be no laws such as don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t lie and so on. Humans can exhibit great acts of compassion and goodness and turn right around and be ornery. This double mindedness is not lost on God and in His mercy and Grace He has provided what we need.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder…wrote Isaiah (Isa 9:6). Our King and Savior entered this world as one of us! He was NOT born into nobility but was nobility at birth…Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him (Mt 2:2).
Isaiah speaks of his greatness: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. These names have NEVER been bestowed upon a human being. As great a king as Solomon was Jesus said a lily was arrayed in more glory than him.
Our King’s ability to rule is unrivalled and without comparison as the scriptures declare: and the government shall be upon his shoulder. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this (Isa 9:6-7). In a world filled with upheaval, chaos, and mayhem we long for peace, judgment and justice. Christ will establish them without end—forever.
Finally, the hope of the world is Jesus Christ. An angel heralded this Good News…Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10-11). And we have the testimony of the apostle John who said: And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world (1John 4:14).
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