PRIORITIES

I woke up this morning and the world was still turning after a week of national trauma. Our electoral system has been tinkered with for political advantage to the point that it has wreaked havoc on this experiment in sinners’ self-government called American Democracy.

I got up at 2:00 a.m. last Wednesday morning to check the national vote counting.  My political worldview was still prevailing by comfortable margins and I immediately went back to sleep. I awoke three hours later and was jolted by evaporated margins and charges of sinister activity in the night. A blizzard of lawsuits has ensued, but whatever the outcome, it was our Sovereign God’s plan from before time began, and I must trust in Him, not horses (Psalm 20:7).

My trust in the horses of the electoral process took a major hit. I should not have been so shocked. Midlife I was an executive in Chicago, the city that taught dead men how to vote in a state whose former governor and now ex-con, a product of the Chicago machine, declared that in his party “stealing elections” was a “time honored tradition.” It was universally assumed in my circles. The Windy City does not stand alone in this regard. This past week Philly and Motor City have headlined. 

My trust in our judicial system, with so many lawbreakers running free in high places, to expeditiously discern and make things right in this case, is minimal. And my trust in fallen man began to dissipate about the time I ditched my diapers.

I needed a refresher in priorities and God has provided. For a season politics has been way too high on my priorities list. I have done my citizen’s duty, and my political power does not extend beyond inking in a few small ovals on just one of 140,000,000 pieces of paper. All else is in God’s hands. To paraphrase Jesus’ words to Peter in applying them to my life, “Get behind me, politics! You are a hindrance to me. For you keep my mind on the things of man and not on the things of God” (Matthew 16:23).

My trust in the things of this world continues to diminish, but by grace my trust in God has grown apace. His infallible Word calms my fears and provides all the conviction and comfort I need.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Your kingdom! Your power! Your glory! Your plan, O LORD!

See you in church.

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