Turn to God, Not Presidential Candidates

Basically, my daily reading plan has been set for years. So, it never ceases to amaze me how the Lord seems to orchestrate that day’s reading to coincide with the events of my life.

Last night we watched the debate. This morning I read Isaiah 41-46. It’s very interesting to meditate on those chapters in light of the debate, the people running for president, the election, and the response of many Christians.

The thrust of the chapters is that man creates idols that he looks to for justice, righteousness, and salvation. But, God says that won’t work. Why would you worship something that you made with your own hands, something that has no power to actually do anything? Instead of worshiping idols, you should worship God, the Lord, who formed and created the heavens and the earth and everything in it. Only He can bring justice, righteousness, and salvation.

Isaiah 45:22-25 says, “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’ Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him. In the Lord all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory.”

Last night I saw two idols on display. Yes, they were people and not made of wood, stone, and metal. But, they were idols none the less. Fashioned by the hands of men and women as to be their savior, the one who will fix the nation, the one who will bring justice for them, the one who will make their life better. I see Christians fervently supporting the two candidates on display last night, as well as other candidates. But, it’s just running after idols.

Turn to God. Turn to Jesus. Only He can save. The government is upon his shoulders. He has called you out of Babylon, the first kingdom that man set up to rule himself and rebel against God (what is democracy but the ultimate form of man’s self-rule?).

I believe that God has called us out of the kingdom of darkness, Satan’s kingdom, the nations of this earth, and into the kingdom of light, the kingdom of Jesus and God, the kingdom of heaven. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. You can’t serve God and mammon. Basically, you can’t reside in or be of two kingdoms. We are to be strangers or sojourners on this earth, ambassadors of the kingdom of heaven. An ambassador represents his Lord and kingdom in another kingdom, but he doesn’t participate in that other kingdom’s government. That would be treason.

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