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A Reminder in a Tumultuous Election Year

In this tumultuous election year, all Christians need to ponder Isaiah 33:22. “For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us.”

Note that the LORD is all three branches of government, as defined in the Constitution established by “we the people of the United States of America.”

At times American judges reach unjust judgments; at times American lawmakers create unequal, even unlawful, and stupid laws; and at times the enforcement of the laws by those sworn to “faithfully execute the laws” of the land favor one class, one group, or one category of people while simultaneously attacking other classes, groups, and categories because of their honestly held convictions.

But our LORD is always faithful and true in his judgments, righteous and good in his laws, and merciful and just in the execution of those righteous, good laws.

That is why, though we are to respect and obey the laws of our government while honoring the offices those officials hold, our loyalty is to the LORD and to his Christ, who is our King. Our citizenship is in heaven; we are to view ourselves as pilgrims and foreigners on this earth while we are waiting for the appearing of our King Jesus.

As we wait, we must ever remember that there is one God, who has created us all – and one Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah, who is his Son, our Lord, and the only Savior of humanity. None of the candidates for office can save us; only Jesus can do that. As Isaiah said, “[T]he LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us.

Until he comes, we are to act as an advance force of soldiers in his army and laborers in the vineyard of his kingdom. We are always to be praying that God’s name be honored, his kingdom come, and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are to live in this world as Jesus did when he was here. He lives in us because we have been crucified with him and received his spirit to lead and empower us to be his light, visible in the darkness of this world. In our communities of faith in him, we are to be outposts of his kingdom, showing a better way of being human than the way of the God of this world.

So let us resolve to walk in the paths of his laws, trusting his justice and faithfulness, as we long for and hasten the day of the coming of the fullness of his kingdom, when the knowledge of the LORD will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea, and there will be true, lasting peace in the new heaven and the new earth.

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