The Ballots are In and the Winner is…

Some of you are in for a long night tonight.  We’ll all anxiously wait to hear who the next President is.  My guess is that there will be such disarray at the polls throughout the night, that it will be difficult to ascertain a winner by this evening.

You know, on a regular basis I thank God for the conviction that expository preaching is the best regular diet for the local church.  We constantly see the timeliness of passages within our own congregation and sometimes in the world.  This week’s message is particularly appropriate for TODAY.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

Now, you’ll remember the context is Christ giving final instruction and comfort prior to His priestly prayer in John 17, leading straight to the cross.  No matter what the world brings against Him or His church (the redeemed), He will be victorious, and so will we.  That victory is NOT found at the ballot box!  Recall John 14:1-2 where Christ begins His comforting words with informing them of the assurance of His future presence in heaven.  Our ultimate and final citizenship is with Him, not among men and nations.  

I’m thankful for our country and our democratic processes.  I’m still of the mind that as far as the common grace of government is concerned, its the greatest country on the planet.  But I am reminded particularly on this day, that we are ambassadors appointed by Christ (2 Cor. 5:20) to proclaim and live out the gospel.  The president is not the evangel.  Congress will not pass laws that will fortify Christ’s claims.  The Supreme Court has high authority, but only Christ has the authority to judge.  What a great God!  

Look, I’ll probably stay up late with many of you.  I hope, as my thoughts are given to the country and to this wonderful body of Christ at UBC, that we will reflect on the God who has made for Himself a nation of the redeemed to preside over, and that we’ll revel in our True King.

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