Tuesday, November 04, 2008

When The Smoke Clears

{Colossians 1:15-20; ESV}
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

There are certain times in our lives when it is important for us to step back and look at the big picture. As followers of Christ Jesus we need to remember the reason for our hope. Our hope isn’t in our country, our government, a political party, or even a particular candidate. It is easy to get caught up in the rhetoric and begin to believe that one candidate will lead us to a glorious new future and the other will destroy our liberties. Election day becomes judgment day and our hope rests on the results.

I want to encourage us today, especially me since I see both presidential candidates as horrible choices, that regardless of the outcome Jesus is still in control. He is still the Firstborn among the dead, the Head of the church, and the Creator of all things. When the smoke clears the leadership of our government may have changed, and with it a great deal of uncertainty, but Christ Jesus will still be Lord.

Last night as I was laying in bed, trying to get to sleep, I read 1 Peter. In this letter the apostle Peter wrote: Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God (1 Peter 2:16; ESV). Our freedoms are not gifts from the government, but from God. Peter wants us to live as free people live and in the process serve God. This is what we are required to do no matter who is president or what type of government we live under. Because Jesus is Lord let us live as free people live.

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