We still live in one of the freest societies that has ever existed, but if we’re not careful we may throw it all away, not because we support one political party or another one, but because we vote with a “what’s in it for me” attitude, instead of for godly character and a willingness to stand up for what’s right in God’s eyes.
Ezekiel 1 & 2
Well, we are beginning 2 new books this morning, Ezekiel and Hebrews, as we continue on our journey through God’s Word, what the old Bible preacher J. Vernon McGee called “the Bible Bus”!
On to the Word …
Ezekiel 1 & 2:
Everything we need
Ezekiel will cover many of the same events as Jeremiah and Lamentations, but it begins with a spectacular and unusual vision where God allows Ezekiel to get a glimpse of His glory. Like many of the prophets Ezekiel would be prophesying to a stubborn and hard-hearted people, who often mistreated those who spoke truth they didn’t want to hear.
As well as, being filled with other meanings, this incredible vision would help strengthen Ezekiel, encourage him in the reality of God’s power and majesty, and help prepare him for a difficult job. What a great encouragement to us that God never calls anyone to do something without giving him all that he needs to carry it out.
The truth of God’s Word & politics
Verse 160, “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.”
As I said in a recent post, God’s Word is not to be taken cafeteria style. We don’t get to pick and choose what parts we will believe. The entirety of His Word is truth, even when we fail to fully understand it. It was not only truth in biblical times, but is truth today, and for all eternity. Jesus said:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24.35).
That means biblical truth is the standard by which our government and every one of our politicians should be measured. In a Democratic Republic like our nation, the only way that will be a reality is if we begin to vote what we say we believe and hold our politicians accountable after they are elected.
It doesn’t matter which political party they belong to, but when politicians are exposed day after day as sexually immoral (including a sitting President), when others break the laws they are sworn to uphold, when they vote for the legalized murder of innocent babies in the womb, and argue the reasons why “gay marriage” should be legal (that’s just for starters), something has gone terribly wrong. How long can we expect God to protect and bless our nation as a whole?
And while change would take time, we are still individually responsible for how we vote and whether or not we speak up for what’s right. While our voting is secret from other people, it’s not a secret to our omniscient God. As the Apostle Paul said a couple thousand years ago:
“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5.9-10).
But we don’t have to wait for eternity to see the results of voting for ungodly men and women as our Proverbs reading points out.
What’s in it for me?
“When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; but when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.”
Too often in a democracy, men and women begin to vote based on the politics of “what’s in it for me,” instead of what’s right in God’s eyes. There is no shortage of men and women willing to tell us what we want to hear to gain political power. And when the evil gain power, good men must hide themselves or be punished … for speaking the truth about abortion or homosexuality … for taking a stand against sexual immorality … or for refusing to give approval to things God forbids.
As I said, this has nothing to do with political party; there is plenty of evil to go around. But if the righteous are to rejoice, we must begin to vote based on the godly character of the man or woman and their willingness to stand up for what God says is right, not based on what they promise to do for us.
Hebrews—a study in comparisons
Hebrews compares the Levitical sacrificial system to the finished work of Christ. It compares animal sacrifices to the Perfect Lamb of God and shows the superiority of Christ to the ministry of angels. It shows us Christ, the Creator, the One who upholds all things by the word of His power, who purged our sins, and who sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (v. 3).
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