Updated: Feb 7, 2021
Well, it’s over. No more political ads. I don’t think I could have handled one more mudslinging, lie spewing, confusing TV spot or mailer. You may be glad with the results. You may be upset with the results. Either way, it is done, the people have spoken, God has ordained and established the next season of politics for us. Like the people elected or not please respect the office they hold and pray for them. Our faith should be in God not the government. Our Hope for the future should be in God our creator and redeemer not in political policy. You cannot create legislation for people not to be racist. The end to racism comes through loving one another. Loving one another comes through the overwhelming love of God. We can only love our neighbor because Christ first loved us.
Another important aspect as I have previously mentioned in all this is we are all of the same race. The human race and we are all living on the same little ball hurtling around this huge universe. We breathe the same air, we are warmed by the same sun and we are redeemed by the same son, the Son of God. This is my hope! My hope for eternity. This hope gets me through the trials and challenges of this life.
There is something I shared in a sermon this last Sunday which you can listen to at www.tlcmontclair.org/resources/sermons/11082020, or I read it on a tlcmontclair Facebook live post on Tuesday morning 11/10. I would like to share it here in print as well because I think it is something worth repeating.
We know that by His divine law, nations . . . are subject to punishments . . . in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.
But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own . . . we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness . . .
All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the divine teachings, that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.
Replace ‘civil war’ with pandemic or politics or the civil issues of our day and this could have been written this year but it was actually a presidential proclamation designating a day of prayer and fasting in April 1863.
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV
14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Joel 1:14 - The Message
Declare a holy fast, call a special meeting,
get the leaders together,
Round up everyone in the country.
Get them into God’s Sanctuary for serious prayer to God.
Also read Daniel’s prayer in Daniel Ch9. Prayer hard for our nation and it’s leaders and those affected by Covid both in health aspects and financial aspects for families and businesses. May God bless you and use you to share the Hope, Love and Forgiveness of Jesus.
Come by to Trinity, your hope filling station. Either our physical location @
5080 Kingsley, Montclair, Ca 91763 or our virtual location @ tlcmontclair.org.