Friday, July 11, 2008

Concerning Matters of Politics and Presidents

“Put not your trust in princes, in mortal man, who cannot save.” (Psalm 146:3).

We have a tendency to place our hope in those who are elected, and always end up being disappointed – because politics by its very nature requires compromises. And these compromises cut against our convictions. Ultimately, whoever is elected will always make decisions that prove difficult for the greater silent majority; seeing they are swayed mostly by those who are vocal and vindictive – which things we are not.

Our consolation comes in knowing this great truth – “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33). The Message says, “Make your motions and cast your votes, but GOD has the final say.” And the Contemporary English Version puts it this way, “We make our own decisions, but the LORD alone determines what happens.”

Elsewhere the Bible says, “For promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another.” (Psa 75:6-7). The bottom line is this – the vote is cast by man; but the decision is made by God.

The question then is simple – do we trust God, or not? Does He know what He is doing, or not? Is He good, or not? Does He have our best interests at heart, or not?

“But what if evil advances?” we ask with grave concern, “What if darkness prevails? What then?” There is a great old poem that answers it best:

“Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the Truth alone is strong;

though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the Throne be wrong.
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
standeth God within the shadow keeping watch above His own.”

(James R. Lowell, 1865)

Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” This covers a wide variety of anxieties, for He went on to say, “In the world you shall have trouble; but in Me you will have peace – for I have overcome the world.”

Our peace comes when we stay focused upon the Lord.

You may be assured that the Lord’s eye is upon you, and that His care for you is of the highest kind; and you may rest your troubled heart in His strong and loving hands. He will take care of you!

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