We look down the road, wondering what tomorrow will bring, hoping the days ahead are good for our nation and ourselves. As Americans we love our country, and regardless of where we travel throughout the world, it is always good to come home.
But now we stand on the brink of an election for our next president. If ever we were in need of new leadership, it is now. We are a nation more divided by racial and economic hatred than at any time since the Civil Rights Movement.We have institutionalized poverty, forcing the poor to live in government controlled ghettos from which very few will be able to escape. We are bankrupt, morally and spiritually, and we do not comprehend the impact of our declining values on generations to come.
The book of 1 Samuel tells the story of King Saul. The people of Israel had as their leader the Lord Himself, but they wanted a king. They were warned that a king would take their lands, burden them with heavy taxes, conscript their children, but even so, they still wanted a king. God gave them a king. His name was Saul. The story of King Saul is the story of every nation that rejects the Lord. The story of King Saul reminds us that no nation can expect to be blessed that rejects the righteousness and justice the Lord commands.
Now, we the people, have chosen candidates for president who appear to be dishonest at best and corrupt at worst, whose policies promise to take our lands, burden us with heavy taxes, and conscript our children to government programs. Baring a miraculous intervention, we will put one of these people in the White House.
The leaders we choose reflect the nation we are. We cannot be blessed when we knowingly elect leaders with no regard for God. He would free us, but we do not want to be free. He would redeem us, but we do not want to be redeemed. He would give us hope, but we really believe an earthly king can do more for us than God Himself.
Is there hope? Oh yes, with God there is always hope. The Lord tells us what to do, and if we do this, there is indeed hope!
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.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)