In less than two weeks the citizens of this country will be called upon to choose the candidates in whom they will entrust various offices of government. This choice should not be taken lightly, based solely upon the political ads that clamor for our attention. The choice that is ours should be made prayerfully for it is God who puts people in power and God who removes them from power. It never ceases to amaze me how little has changed in the last few thousand years.
In our immediate area we have a choice for governor and this position is important for it is the governor that sets the political tone for the state. The sitting governor is the second in his family’s line to hold that office and his political views are very similar to his father. When the son of God was born as a human the ultimate power lay in the hands of Caesar Augustus, the first in his “family” line bearing that name which actually was a title. Caesar appointed governors in all the regions that the Romans had conquered to keep order and the Jews had a king with the family name Herod , second in his family’s line who had the equivalent power of a governor of his people. The Jewish and Roman governors hated each other, but when it came to dealing with Jesus, Luke 23:10 tells us “They became friends that very day.” In today’s race for governor each person and their political backers will accuse the other side of crimes and misdemeanors, yet you can find many of them in social situations as friends.
We have another high profile race for a member of the House of Representatives. The incumbent has been in politics all of his adult life and has been described as very intelligent, a problem solver and full of concern for his fellow citizens. His record does not reflect these praises in that he has chosen to follow his party’s platforms often at odds with those who wish to build a better life and community. His concern is focused on himself and even as he is paid 6 times more than the average yearly wage in his district, the problems of joblessness, poverty and economic stagnation have multiplied. His challenger is an individual of great character who has worked to see justice done by prosecuting criminals. The incumbent and his party have no record to champion and so they have resorted to attack ads that twist and stretch the facts to the breaking point and seek to soil the challenger’s reputation. In Yeshua’s time the keepers of the law were called Pharisees and the job was often passed from father to son, as Paul gave testimony in Acts: “ I am a pharisee, the son of a pharisee.” Jesus’ teaching focused on the love of God and not on keeping the tiniest dictate of the law which men had so convoluted that it was impossible to faithfully follow it. As he shifted power away from the pharisees, they retaliated by seeking to entrap him in his own words. Our Lord saw through their machinations and used God’s principles to answer…and silence his detractors.
No matter what the outcome is on November 4 we would do well to remember that God is sovereign and in control. God is true God and man is still man living in this fallen world where falsehoods slip easily from the tongue. Since not much has changed in the two thousand years since Jesus walked this earth and even in the years before he came, prayerfully consider the choices you will make so that God may be glorified before all.