Good Folks, it is Friday, November 18, 2016. Only six days until Thanksgiving Day.
In preparation for a recent sermon, I came across this quote in one of my commentaries. Since it is within a volume of many, there is no one contributor; however, after looking at the hardcopy version, the author could be J. Paul Sampley (Professor of NT and Christian Origins, The School of Theology and the Graduate Division, Boston University). In other words, this is not my quote but another’s.
Christianity is not owned by any political system or by any given social or economic framework. The Christian faith can be lived within any situation. Often religion in general and Christianity in particular have been used to lend moral authority to governing and social structures, occasionally even when the structures were oppressive to some of its citizens.
The recent election of the POTUS (President of the United States) and many other local and state elections has stirred many folks to their core of emotions and feelings of seemingly a doomsday arrival. First, because of the tone and tenor and verbiage that this particular election ended on, I am glad that it has come and is over. Thank God!
I want to believe that I went to the voting booth for the first time some 44 years ago. I was 18 years old, just graduated from high school, registered for the draft and had the right to vote and the responsibility to be an informed voter. I will share with you now as I recall, I voted for Richard Nixon (Republican). Let me also say, I do not ever vote a straight ticket and am not loyal to any one political party.
History has a way of teaching all of us that events occur that shape and form people, communities and sometimes even nations. No one person does this, but the collection of people believing and hoping for the greater good for a much higher purpose than themselves. After the recent election, a leader in Europe was quoted as saying, “No one nation is great in isolation.” I agree. As the poet John Donne wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself.”
Regardless of the button you pushed for the POTUS, or choosing to write-in a name (or maybe yourself) or skip that slot for conscience purposes, we exercised a constitutional right that came with a responsibility to be as informed as possible; however, my hope is never on the one who has residence in the White House, but the One who continues to sit on the throne of heaven.
In 1834, Edward Mote wrote these words, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.”
What will the next four years bring of a new presidency? Uncertainty, for sure. So, what are you certain about? I choose Christ and hold on for another ride with another President.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank