Before the first week of November is finished I will have long grown weary of this political season in America. I already know the man for whom I will vote and so do most of you who are reading today. Between now and Tuesday November 6, our senses will have been assaulted with hundreds upon hundreds of campaign ads, debates, verbal sparring and hollow promises from both candidates. You have to vote for someone and for many of us it is not so much an enthusiastic, resounding endorsement for one candidate as it is a determined, precise vote against the other. Both of these men are making commitments to lead you in a manner that promises you a return of hope. Mark it down: neither of these men will be able to deliver what they are currently marketing. Surely our country is in need of some form of hope but if our hearts are looking for it to spring out of Washington DC then we are setting ourselves up for sore disappointment.
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.” – Psalm 39:7
Is Barak Obama going to be the key to you finding peace and assurance in the deepest part of your being? And Mitt Romney – will this be the man who reorients us back to national nirvana? With a 16 trillion dollar national debt hanging over the American economic landscape like a looming acid-rain cloud, can either of these fellows usher in sunny skies? Will a black president bring hope to blacks or a white president to whites? Are we actually naive enough to think that the one who will occupy the Oval Office will be a man of such significance that our internal churning sea will calm as our futures become suddenly secure again? Come on, people. The next president can offer you very little hope. Relief? Maybe. A sense of vindication? Likely. A stemming of the tide which is currently against us? Potentially. HOPE? Not so much.
Be careful over the next few months. You are a follower of Jesus Christ and this is why you have hope. You don’t need a president who promises you a return of hope because you never misplaced your hope in the first place. Your relationship with God through Jesus Christ has been the strong anchor of your soul since you first believed. What God placed in you is not a westernized, patriotic, politically-framed hope which runs the risk of being undermined every four years with new elections. God reached down to the pit and pulled you out and placed His eternal life within you. He has made you for a place called forever. He has ransomed you from being a spiritual POW with your neck in a noose and has transformed you into an unconquerable soldier in an unfailing host. Once an enemy to Him, you have been translated from the kingdom of darkness to the realm of light and life and love and liberty. He empowers you to not live in the vapor & for the vapor, but for a kingdom whose builder and maker is God. Remind yourself that you are not a disciple of a Barak or a Mitt. Jesus didn’t promise that the gates of hell would never previal against your particular political camp. You are a follower of Christ and this is why you constantly run to Him to remain acquainted with your hope. As a faithful citizen of America you must vote. As an everlasting citizen of Heaven you must retain your hope in Jesus Christ even as you cast that vote. Be as patriotic as you must but never commit the error of losing your bearings and giving the impression that you believe that anything of eternal substance will occur after we vote in two months. At best what will occur in November’s election is an exchange for one set of faulty ideals for another. The difference between these two ideals is vast and there will be some significant results of what occurs when we elect a new president – I’m not denying this at all. What I am refusing is the silly notion that either of these two hope peddlers will live up to the hype which he is currently promoting. Listen to the psalmist again when he says, “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.”
Is yours? Then hold that position firmly and you will arise on November 7, 2012 with not an ounce of angst in your soul.
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