It seems like the current election cycle has been the most divisive of any I can remember and I really can’t figure out why. There doesn’t seem to be that much difference between the candidates.
If I listen to both sides of the argument, I come away with the following: On one side, we have a liar and a potty-mouth. On the other side, we have, well….a liar and a potty-mouth. On one side, we have the worst thing that will ever happen to this country. On the other side, we have…the worst thing that will ever happen to this country. On one side, we have someone who is hostile toward women. On the other side, we have…someone who is hostile toward women. On one side, we have a rich person who uses legal means to not pay some taxes. On the other side, we have a rich person who uses legal means to not pay some taxes. Are you getting the picture yet?
This could go on all day but, suffice it to say, nobody seems incredibly excited about either candidate. It is most certainly a hold-your-nose election.
But, that isn’t what bugs me. What bugs me is that neither of the candidates seem to know God. And, to me, that is the saddest thing I have ever written.
Now, I know that some who read this may already be thinking, “Brian, you precious fool (or if you are from the south, Bless your heart), don’t you know you aren’t supposed to judge? It says so right there in Matthew 7:1.” It sure does. Thank you. Now read a little bit further in that same chapter:
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.
I’m doing exactly what Jesus said to do…I see their fruits, I hear their words, I see their actions and I come to the conclusion that they are a bad tree. Now, I could take the time to further explain Matthew 7:1 in the proper context, but I won’t take the time here. If you are still fuzzy on it, please read this:
Now, back on point. It’s sad. Really sad. Why? Because, it’s what I am without God. I am not a good person. I am a liar. I am a thief. I am a law-breaker.
I am a sinner.
And so are you. I am not passing judgement when saying this. I am just trusting that God told me the truth in Romans 3:9-18:
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written,
“There is none righteous, not even one;
There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
“Their feet are swift to shed blood,
Destruction and misery are in their paths,
And the path of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
And also what Jesus said in Luke 18:19:
Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
There is only one difference between me and the candidates. I have put my trust in God and in the power of His might. I am not good enough. I am not strong enough. I am not worthy enough.
Only Jesus, through His sacrifice, is worthy enough to pay for my sins. I owe a debt that I can never repay, but thanks be to God that He allowed Jesus to pay it for me.
And because He did that, I should feel compelled to obey His words, to repent of my sins, to not be ashamed of Him in confessing that I am His, to praise His perfect name, to submit myself to baptism which emulates His sacrifice and triumphant resurrection, to live for Him doing those good works which He has prepared for me to do, to teach others about Him, to live my entire life in service to Him…not as repayment, but as thanks…to worship Him loudly, proudly, and unapologetically, to help as many souls as I can into His glorious light, and to wait, with eager anticipation, for that moment when I will hear Him say “Well done.”
So, what bugs me the most about this election? That I don’t personally have the chance to sit down with the candidates and teach them about Jesus. To plead with them to listen to Him. To beg them to follow Him. To help them know Him.
I pray for a chance to do just that. Will it help? I don’t know, but when God asks “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”, I echo Isaiah’s answer:
Here am I. Send me!
In the meantime, I will continue to pray for God to put people in my way that are searching for Him. So, I make the following offer. If you need to understand what God wants you to do, if you want to know Him better, if you want to follow Him and give Him your life, I will be happy, honored, and excited to help you understand His love for you and His desires for your life. Please, please, please contact me. I want to help!
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence
1 Peter 3:15