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A moment with my grandson

November 8, 2016

In downloadone sense it is over. It’s election day 2016 in the United States and it has been the most tumultuous, substance lacking, vitriolic, abusive, nasty, and divisive campaign seasons I can remember.

I am sitting here in a quiet moment alone in the house with my newest grandson.  As I watch him in a peaceful sleep I wonder what the future holds for him?  It is not a wondering that is filled with fear however.  You see there are some things that I know for certain that give me hope for the future of my grandson. What matters for my grandson is not the ebb and flow of American politics.  What matters for my grandson is not who is in office this year or any other year.  What matters for my grandson is not the erosion of assumed freedoms.  As one famous pastor recently said, “All of those things will pass away.”

The reason I have hope for my brand new grandson along with his big sister and four other cousins is because I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that each of these children will be taught to depend on their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I have repeatedly reminded the congregation I have had the privilege to serve for 20 years, that our hope is not in Washington D.C.  And yet so many of the things I have read and heard over the last year have led me to believe that so many of us who claim to follow Jesus Christ live our lives as if he is not enough when it comes to our future.

Do I believe in the democratic process and do I exercise my right to vote?  Yes.  I don’t think I have missed voting in an election since I was 18.  But do I think that the true heart change that is needed in the lives of people to bring them into right relationship with God can be legislated or voted into existence.  A thousand times “No!”  As I read my Bible, I am reminded repeatedly that Jesus and the writers of our New Testament, while teaching respect for the government (Luke 20:21-25; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17) had no inkling of hope that the government was for them, nor would it essentially advance the kingdom of God.  I believe it is God’s will that I pray for my leaders at all levels (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
God can and does work through them even when they don’t know he is at work.

No my hope for my grandson is not in any human government.  No matter who wins the election today, my hope for my grandson will not dwindle, because like it or not the most powerful person in the world is only in that position by the ultimate hand of God.  My hope is in the God who “deposes kings and raises others up” (Daniel 2:21).  My hope is in the God who says “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1).

So sleep well little guy.  Your future is secure.  Election Day 2016 will come and go.  Politicians will come and go.  Nations including your own will rise and fall.  But the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of your grandpa, grandma, Mom and Dad, is still on the throne, still in control and you can rest in Him.  So can we all.

Scott

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