November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016 - Election Day

Well, the day has finally arrived, and I am hunkered down at home waiting to hear whether 2017 will inaugurate President Trump or President Clinton. In truth, I loathe both candidates. I have no allegiance to my party (Republican) anymore, outside of the fact that I am a conservative, and I believe in moral and ethical issues that once formed the basis of my party’s ideological stance.

In more recent years, however, I have seen corruption in the party, candidates who did not represent my views elected under the mantle of conservatism, and behaviors that were far from what I consider “professional” (or would be considered professional in business). It is difficult to elect an official to this office when they are someone I wouldn’t hire in my own institution or organization. Think about that for a moment…would you (if you were in a power position) hire a Trump or a Clinton given their track record or their unprofessional behavior? I don’t care what type of justification you make regarding their “personal life,” in business, a filthy mouth, sexual harassment, and lying, cheating, and stealing (as well as mishandling of classified documents) would be grounds for termination. Yet, we simply say, “Oh, it’s the presidency!” as if this office permits excusable behavior such as this to happen because of its high nature. No, I don’t buy the argument. I am sorry to offend, and that is never my intention, but frankly, I have become more and more disillusioned with the political rhetoric of our political candidates and apathetic behavior of the voting public.

Plus, I am disheartened to see the vitriol and violence that is so easily excreted whenever something of this magnitude takes place. Will there be riots in the street if Clinton is elected? Will someone attempt to kill President Trump? I can see it now — our country — becoming like many of the third world countries we see on the news. How sad! How quickly the mighty have fallen; how sad this country now lays dead (2 Sam. 2:17).

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33 NLT)

Moving On Despite the Results

So I am moving on, regardless of the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. I am choosing to keep my head up, and my heart in check. I know who is in control, and it is not these flawed and fragile elected officials, but God, our Savior and King. It is Jesus, the Christ, the risen and exalted King, who sits on Heaven’s throne. My faith, my peace, and my rest are found in Him alone. No matter what happens today or tomorrow or the next 20 tomorrows, my belief is secure that my God reigns. Psalm 47:7-9 (NASB) says, 
For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne. The princes of the people have assembled themselves as the people of the God of Abraham, For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is highly exalted.
He is highly exalted, and when we forget who is in charge of our world, our universe, of our creation, we begin to see the futility of human effort. We look to princes and powers for our saving (Ps. 146:3), rather than looking to the One who is able to save mankind from their sinful nature, their sinful pleasures and deeds (Luke 19:10). Yes, our hope is in God. It is God in whom we place our trust (Ps. 91:2). Paul says when speaking of Jesus, the Christ: “And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us” (2 Cor. 1:10 NLT). Therefore, our hope, our praise, and all our ambition must rest in the One who is able to do all things, who has overcome this world, and who is resting — waiting — to return to finally vanquish the powers of darkness and rescue us from the deadly effects of sin in and through our world. Yes, come Lord Jesus, come (Rev. 22:20)!

As I ponder this good day, as I consider the ramifications of this election season, I realize how much effort is expended simply in worrying about who the next President will be of the United States. When, in truth, there is much more significant worry to be had. Yes, there are many things to be concerned about, difficult and dark powers at work, seeking to destroy and devour people. We must be busy with the King’s business, despite our worldly pursuits and concerns over taxes, health care, and international affairs. Yes, the King has business to be attended to and the wise man or woman remember to whom he or she has pledged his or her allegiance. The King comes first in all things, and as it is written in Matthew 6:33 (NLT), “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need,” we understand that the proper order is essential for the blessing and benefit to be given. We must be people who put God and God’s concerns above those of this world. And, while the concerns of the world are important in some ways, and they do have a direct impact and influence on our life, we must remember to be Kingdom minded people — people who put the concerns of the King — ahead of any earthly or physical concern, worry or fear. 

I am so strongly convinced of this principle, that if the people of God would simply return to behaving, living, believing as the people of God should — well — we would definitely see an improvement in our overall well-being. I am not saying that the world would improve as some believe (Dominion theologists), but rather I am saying that the world would improve internally through the hearts and minds of the people of God. We would be blessed, we would receive the blessing of God, and by extension, we would share that blessing with a dying, distraught, and disillusioned world. We could bring hope back to the people of this world. We would reduce the suffering, whenever possible, and we could do the work Jesus began here on earth.

Isaiah 61:1-3 New International Version

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

Choosing To Live Rightly

I am choosing to live as a righteous person, despite all odds, and despite the ill-favor of those around me who see righteousness as a punitive reaction set about to curb their desires and delights of sinful pursuits. I believe that this is the reason why people are so adverse to restoring justice, civility, and goodness (right behavior) to the highest office because in this way it would mean a return to God-honoring ways, and the days when men behaved properly toward women and women behaved properly toward men. In truth, the world doesn’t want a righteous leader. They want a leader who will  say to them “it is okay, enjoy your sinful lusts and pursuits” and “be yourself” because no one wants to be told they are living in a way that is not honoring to God or to some perfected ideal. In short, the people of this country do not want to return to the days when the majority of the population believed in God and lived according to His word. Nope. They like their slush and their sin, and they do not want anyone to take their “right” away from them. Murder, slander, evil behavior — they want their freedom to do harm and the right to curse at anyone who says otherwise. Truly, we are living in a decadent society, hell-bent and determined to see that all people conform to the wickedness of this generation.

As in the days of the prophets, I believe the Lord is getting ready to send His people out yet again, to call on those to turn from their wicked ways and to repent for the day of the Lord is at hand. Jesus is coming again soon, and it is God’s desire that all should repent, that no one should perish. Peter says it this way: “The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT).

How thankful I am that I came to know the Lord at a young age. How thankful that I am saved, and that as of today, I understand what is happening in the world around, and that as such, I can live accordingly. Now is the time for all of God’s people to remember the days are wicked, the time is at hand, and that we must remain faithful, alert and ready for His return. Selah!

Thus, as the election tallies role in, I will simply pause to give thanks to the Lord on high. I will remember my God, my Savior, and my King reigns. I will look up and give thanks to the Lord because He is good. He is so very good to me. He keeps me in His tender mercy and loving care. He provides abundantly for me, and I suffer no lack. He sees to me, to my needs, and He watches over me. He is good. He is so very good.

In Closing

I give praise to the Lord! I exalt His mighty and holy Name. He is good. He is worthy to be praised! Amen, so be it, thy will be done! Selah!

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