I don't know about you all, but I'll be glad when election day gets here. I'm so tired of being bombarded with ads on television, radio, and newspapers; our mailboxes being stuffed with campaign mail. According to the Huffington Post, the largest political actions committees (Super PACs) are expected to spend over $600 million in this year's election cycle. Those are the organizations that basically "buy" politics in the United States. Gone are the days when a person seeking office would knock on doors asking for votes. Today, politics is big business, but unfortunately you and I, the citizens these people want to represent, are often the ones who lose.
Like many of you, I tried watching the last presidential debate, but could only stomach about 10 minutes of it. It seems that the longer these campaigns carry on, the more evidence each candidate seems to find that the other isn't the best choice for the highest office in the land. In my opinion, neither of them are the best choice, but I pray we are all doing a lot of praying and soul-searching.
The name-calling and mudslinging isn't reserved only to the presidential election. We see it in congressional campaigns, and even in state-level races. I'm not sure this behavior isn't a product of the society we live in today. We've become so interested in reality shows and shock value media coverage that most politicians just seem to be trying to outdo the other. The problem is that this isn't a TV show; this is the future of our country we're talking about.
This week, I want to remind you that our hope is not in any man or woman on this earth. Whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent; they're mere mortals and even the honest ones will let you down. Our hope, friends, is in the Lord.
Scripture: Jeremiah 17:5-8
When the prophet Jeremiah wrote these words, he was describing the sin of Judah. I believe the words are just as significant for us in 2016, because it's easy for us to be misled and find ourselves looking to a politician, whether President, Governor, or town mayor, to save us. This morning I want to remind you that Jesus Christ is the hope of our nation, the hope for our homes, and the hope for us.
As bad as things seem in our country today, it's still the best nation in this world. The word "hope" was used a lot in a certain campaign several years ago. I'm not sure if any of us have seen hope result from that election, but if we're looking for hope in a politician we're going to be disappointed. Our church is in revival meeting this week, and I firmly believe that our nation needs a great revival. I also believe that revival must start within our hearts. For us to see a great revival in our country, we must pray for the Lord to lead it, not a president or senator. But there are things we, as Christians, can do. We should pray and seek God's direction when we cast our votes. And we must cast our votes. They say if you don't vote you have no reason to complain, but it goes deeper than that. Over the past several years, we've seen our rights being taken away, a little at a time. We've seen prayer and the Ten Commandments removed from the classroom and public. Why? Because Christians have for too long been a silent majority. It's time for us to stand up. We should be willing to do so when our rights are being trampled on. Often times in the name of political correctness, we give in, and lose ground. And by the way, if we don't get political correctness in check, it will probably be the death of our nation. We're so afraid of offending someone because they've got differing views, that we can't speak our minds. I have several friends who have differing opinions from me. Guess what? I've agreed to disagree and move on with life. I'm afraid many people are going to find that they have lost several friends after this election is over because of the passion with which they support one candidate's views. In addition to praying before you vote, and voting, pray for the leaders of this nation. I don't care if you voted for them or not, you should pray for them. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." I pray daily that God can soften the hearts of our leaders to work together for the betterment of our nation; that they can put their own wants aside, and do what's best for America. And while I don't vote along party lines, I do pray that Godly men and women are the ones elected. When we, as Christians, see them in office, I believe it encourages us, and only then can God be glorified by the business of our politicians. But regardless of who's in the White House or the State House, our hope is in the Lord.
This same Savior is the hope in our homes. I know that some of you probably get tired of hearing me quote Joshua 24:15, but it should be the creed of each and every one of us. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." As husbands and wives, as parents, when we try to run our households by the seat of our pants rather than Godly principle, we will fail. From Genesis to Revelation, this book is chocked full of wisdom, and guidance for marriage, for parenting, for daily living. When we seek to create and maintain an environment of Christian love in our homes, they will become a much more enjoyable and encouraging place in which to live. It's amazing to see the difference in children who come from loving and supportive homes as opposed to those who don't. When I meet a new group of students, I can tell within the first couple days which students have this kind of home, and which ones do not. When they don't get attention at home, they'll try to get it at school. If they don't get it there, they'll eventually find someone or somewhere to give them that attention. Let that one sink in for a minute. When we don't give our kids attention at home, they will seek it elsewhere and find it. Unfortunately, it may be from people who seek to do them harm. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Are any of us going to be perfect at that? No; but we have a book of instructions to help us be the best parent or grandparent we can be. And if you think you failed at times in the past, so have the rest of us. We can't go back and undo places we messed up, but we can commit to do better in the future. That begins with making God the Lord of our homes, and seeking hope for our homes in Christ Jesus.
Lastly, Jesus is the hope for each and every one of us. On our own, no matter how good a person is, we are in a hopeless situation. Romans 3:23 tells us that "..all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." If we got what we deserved, we would still be in a hopeless situation, but the good news for us is this: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Two-thousand years before we were born, Jesus knew us, and loved us enough, to die for us. But it wasn't just for good people, or perfect people. It was for every one of us; for every one of you here this morning. Salvation is there for the taking. If you were diagnosed with a life-ending disease (not you may die, but you will die without medical treatment), wouldn't you take the treatment if it were available? I think the majority of people would. Why die early if it can be avoided? Now transfer that thinking from your physical body to your spiritual self (your soul); there's a medical treatment available to save your soul for eternity. Why would anyone turn that down? We know that we're all going to die from this physical world. Even if you live 110 years, it's still temporary. But there's no need to experience spiritual death. It's permanent. For eternity, we will be either condemned to hell or elevated to heaven. Which do you choose? Our hope is in Jesus, and the Savior is waiting.
In closing, I want us to remember that regardless of the outcome of this year's election, regardless of who resides in the White House; our hope is not in man (or woman). Our only hope, is in the Lord. Is your hope in the Lord today? If not, I encourage you to find a Bible-believing church and get in the services. If you don't have a home church, we invite you to join us at New Testament Christian Church. Until next week, be blessed!
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