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Monday, November 03, 2008

Trust Not In Princes

Pastor’s Window for November 2008

Trust Not In Princes

Beloved in the Lord,

Depending on when you receive this newsletter, Election Day will either be a couple days away or will already have taken place. As Christians, we have the privilege of serving as God’s priests to the world, the priesthood of the Baptized, which means that we serve as God’s hands in the world to love and serve our neighbor. Our Lord Jesus has “made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 1:6; ESV). We serve as priests in this way through our various vocations or callings. A vocation is any relationship in which God has placed you. So one of your vocations is to serve as a citizen of this nation, this state, and whatever city or township in which you reside. This includes a responsibility to vote.

There are many important issues involved in this election cycle, many of them moral issues to which the Scriptures speak directly. It is the Church’s responsibility to teach on these issues, as we have with proposal 2 regarding embryonic stem cell research. I certainly will never tell you who to vote for, but contrary to what you have been told by the politically correct media machine that determines so much of popular opinion, your Christian convictions can and should inform your voting, especially when it comes to these moral issues and where the candidates fall in relationship to these issues.

But what if the tide this election cycle is against your Christian convictions? What if the pro-abortion crowd wins all the victories? What if embryonic stem cell research is given unrestricted license in the Michigan State Constitution? What if the sanctity of marriage is compromised by states allowing same-sex marriage? What if our politicians on both sides of the isle fail to honor and uphold God’s natural Law? What if they fail to foster a culture of life? What if they fail to foster a culture that honors and upholds marriage and the family as the foundation of our society? These questions have come up several times in Bible Class over the last couple of weeks. The underlying question is, “Is our situation hopeless?”

No, our situation is not hopeless. The Psalmist writes, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation” (Psalm 146:3). Likewise the Psalmist writes, “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes” (Psalm 118:8-9). It is very easy to forget that our hope for salvation and every blessing is in the Lord God alone. Barak Obama is not our Savior. John McCain is not our Savior. Jesus Christ alone is our Savior. And here is the plain and simple truth. Regardless of who wins the election and which propositions pass or are defeated, there will still be sin in the world and in our society and in the powers that be in government. But so also, regardless of who wins the election and which propositions pass or fail, Jesus Christ will still be our only Savior. And even if our leaders are unfaithful, Jesus Christ is ever faithful. Jesus Christ is still present to forgive us and renew us and lead us so that we may delight in His will and walk in His ways to the glory of His holy Name. Our trust is in Him alone. He alone can deliver us. This election, like every election before it, and every election that will come after it, is a reminder to us to put not our trust in princes, but to trust alone in the Lord our God. Our help is in the Name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

So in addition to trusting in the Lord alone for help and salvation, what should we do as faithful Christians regardless of the outcome of the election? Well, first we should pray. St. Paul writes, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Secondly, we should repent. There is such a thing as collective guilt, and we should repent for our national sins against the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family, our greed, gluttony, and overindulgence at the expense of our neighbor, and any other sin we have committed as a nation. Thirdly, we should continue to live as priests of God in our vocation as citizens. We should obey the laws of the land, pay our taxes, participate in society, vote, run for office if we have the abilities and talents required, protest abuse, speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, continue to fight for the unborn and the vulnerable, etc. We do this recognizing that God has established civil government for our good, that our government is actually His servant. Make sure to read Romans 13:1-7! And as always, we should remember that we are in the world, but not of the world. Our citizenship is in heaven. And we look forward to that Day when our Lord returns to make all wrongs right again. For He is our true King. Our trust is not in princes, but in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor Krenz

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