X Marks the Spot

Tomorrow is election day for our provincial government. While I am very grateful that I live in a democratic country in which I am free and safe to cast my ballot, I must confess that I hate election days. I am very frustrated by the lack of good choices!

I am not a “traditional” voter, meaning that I don’t vote based on the tradition of sticking with one political party or based on the political traditions of my parents or grandparents. To me, that kind of “traditional” voting is blind. I like to make informed decisions so I try to find out as much information as possible about the different parties involved. Rather than just base my decisions on the information I hear and see on the various competitive “attack” ads that the main parties seem to utilize, I try to dig a bit deeper to find out what are the various party platforms. Unfortunately, this usually means trying to slog through pages of verbose political sweet-talk. It always amazes me how politicians manage to use so many words without really saying a whole lot! You really have to get past the sugar-coated jargon and read between the lines.

What I find most frustrating is that after I have done the research and made an informed decision it seems like the party elected either does not fulfill half it’s campaign promises or there is one scandal after another!

I remember a discussion with my mother after one federal election. After the general populace seemed to have nothing but vociferous complaints about the former party in power, not only was that party re-elected, it won a majority government! When I commented on this strange phenomenon, my mother said, ” I have come to believe that we, as a people, don’t necessarily get the government that we want or need, but we get the government we deserve”. She did not mean that statement as a compliment.

What a telling thought! I know that it really made me think twice. What she meant was that if people continue to vote using their worldly, selfish desires as motivators, or out of laziness, apathy, arrogance, or ignorance, we are going to continue having ineffective and dishonest government. The hard truth is that we get out what we put in.

We have been choosing the wrong government since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve chose to listen to and follow the lies of the devil rather than obey God. And the world has been paying the price ever since.

The Israelites exchanged a heavenly government for an earthly one when they demanded that God provide them with an earthly King like the other nations had.

1Sa 8:5 And they said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
1Sa 8:6 … And Samuel prayed to Jehovah.
1Sa 8:7 And Jehovah said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you. For they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.

God told Samuel to inform the Israelites what would happen if they chose to have an earthly king rule over them.

1Sa 8:9 And now listen to their voice. Only, you shall surely protest solemnly to them, and show them the kind of king who shall reign over them.
1Sa 8:11 The king will take your sons to serve in his army
1Sa 8:12, 13 the king will take your sons and daughters to serve him and provide for him
1Sa 8:14 And he will take your fields and your vineyards and your olive-yards, the best, and give them to his servants.
1Sa 8:15 And he will take the tenth of your seed and of your vineyards, and give it to his eunuchs and to his servants.
1Sa 8:16 And he will take your male slaves and your slave girls, and your finest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
1Sa 8:17 He will take the tenth of your sheep, and you shall be his servants.
1Sa 8:18 And you shall cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and Jehovah will not answer you in that day.

In other words, God was telling them that they would become servants of the king rather than having the king serve the people. They would be giving up their children, lands, and goods for the benefit of the king rather than having them for their own benefit.

But even though they were amply warned, the stubborn Israelites still chose to have an earthly king rule over them. So God let them have what they asked for and they ended up with a government they deserved – Saul etc. –  rather than the ruler they needed – God.

1Sa 8:19 But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, No, but we will have a king over us.
1Sa 8:22 And Jehovah said to Samuel, Listen to their voice, and make them a king. 

Saul became the first King of Israel and things went downhill quickly. Instead of seeking and obeying God, Saul turned his back on God and went his own way.

1Sa 15:11 It repents Me that I have set up Saul to be king. For he has turned back from following Me and has not done My commands.

In His great mercy and grace, God once again offered the Jews the opportunity to choose a Godly, spiritual king in the person of Jesus, but they once again refused to accept God’s concept of a king. They looked at Jesus through their worldly eyes and saw a lowly carpenter rather than the glorious warrior they wanted to lead their nation into victory over the Romans. Their selfish, arrogant desires blinded them from seeing The Truth. In “voting” against Jesus, they gave up the wonderful promises of God. They exchanged heaven for a lie and paid a heavy price for their choice.

When we reject Jesus, we reject God. When we reject God, we place ourselves under the kingdom of our enemy, the devil – we get the government we deserve.

Since, in this world, we must have an earthly government, it is imperative that we make wise choices. We must ask God to give us His wisdom and counsel and prayerfully consider our choice when we vote. Pray that God will raise Godly men and women to serve our country. And just as importantly, we must continue to pray for those who are serving as our government. We must pray that they govern with Godly wisdom, knowledge and counsel.

1Ti 2:1 First of all, then, I exhort that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
1Ti 2:2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

A final word: although we can only vote for change in our earthly government  about every 4 years, every day is voting day when it comes to the kingdom of God. His mercies are new every morning and every second of every day He provides the opportunity for anyone, regardless of gender, age, race, financial or political status to exercise their God given right to “Vote for Jesus” and thereby gain a seat in God’s eternal “House of Commons”.

If you have not already done so, I urge you to vote for the “Jesus Party”. With Jesus as your Member of Parliament and God as the “Leader of the House” , you can never go wrong and you will never regret your choice. Choose Jesus today and everyday. X

Blessings

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