stands in the middle of a critical time for the United States of America. I
found it interesting that both presidential candidates talked so much about
change and how things would be different if elected. However, there are many things that have not changed this morning after. I (and maybe you as well) need to be reminded of these …
1. Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. (Psalm 115:3
ESV) - The Lord is the sovereign King of the universe. He is the One who places men into office and removes others for His own plans and purposes, and no election will derail His ordained will.
2. Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV) - No matter who is in office, Christians are commanded to act with love and civility, and to honor all rulers—whether elected or not elected. Remember who Peter and the Roman Empire had as “Commander and Chief.”
3. First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV) - We must set aside our political differences and pray for our elected officials and for the greater cause of the eternal Kingdom.
4. Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the
truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:1-2 ESV) - Desperate times do not call for desperate measures. We are to remain confident in the power of the gospel and operate with full integrity in our calling to preach Christ realizing that He will build His Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
5. The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” (Revelation 11:18 ESV) - The Lord is returning to judge the living and the dead. Righteousness will be exalted, evil will be destroyed and our great King Jesus will reign forever. Even so come Lord Jesus. Amen.