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Every so many moons, Americans get the extreme privilege of choosing between two millionaires chosen for their looks and voices by hooded secret societies. In the run-up to this exercise of free choice, we are treated to six months of commercials telling us why option A’s .0003% tax increase is the fifth horse of the apocalypse, and option B’s fuel emission standards will send us all back to riding mules. I think I can speak for everyone when I say the real joy of the electoral process is the day after, knowing that we get at least a 12 month break from political ads.

EVERYONE SAY “AYE” 

Judging by the media attention, it would seem that the fate of the planet hinges on exactly how many chads are hanging here and there. Yet what does one candidate actually bring to the table? Is there real power there? There’s an old story of a king that was out walking along a beach with some of his sycophants…i mean servants. They were praising him as suckups tend to do, telling him of his great power and authority. The king turned to the most boisterous of his flatterers and said “do you really think my power is absolute?” The man replied, “Oh yes, Your Majesty, there is no power on earth to rival yours.” The King turned his face to the sea and said, “very well, if I command this tide to stop coming in, you believe it will stop?”

This king showed considerable wisdom. While temporal power is all well and good, all the power in the world is not enough to slow the tide on iota, nor add one more minute to the day. The psalmist writes with amusement in Psalm 2, saying “The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and…The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” It seems God is in the same position as the restaurant patron watching lobsters pushing and climbing on top of each other in a vain attempt to reach the top of the tank. A simple push sends them all crashing back to the bottom.

VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN

Lest it be misunderstood, voting is an important part of our American life, and everyone should avail themselves of the opportunity. However, we should always keep in mind that the fate of the world does not rest in the seat of government, but in the throne of the Most High. The Bible says in Philippians that our citizenship is in heaven; our ultimate allegiance belongs to an Eternal King, not a temporal ruler.  Our fate and the fate of the world is already under God’s control; there’s no need to get panicky if our favorite candidate doesn’t make the cut.

That should help put your mind at ease while you wait for the potato chip commercials to reclaim the airwaves. How sweet it will be.

One Response to “August 4th, 2012 – Psalm 1-2”

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