Whew, the elections are finally over! I really get tired of all the talk, all the hype, all the attention and all those incessant political ads! Having lived in Louisiana for so many years, where politics is practically the state sport, and it seems as though there’s almost always an election campaign going on (literally), it’s good to contemplate an escape from the routine we’ve all been exposed to for the last year and a half.
These being national elections, and especially including the presidential election, from all the hype you’d almost think the world was on the verge of coming to an end, no matter who was elected. Both sides painted a pretty vivid portrayal of gloom and doom, if the other side would win. Listening to each side, their candidate needed to be elected to save the world.
Both sides were wrong. No matter which candidate would win, no matter which party would come out with the advantage, the next day the vast majority of the world would still be lost in sin. Neither candidate and neither party would have a profound effect on this reality. No matter what laws get passed over the next four years, no matter how many judges get appointed to the Supreme Court and other federal court positions, at the end of those four years it is likely that the world will still be lost in sin. Since the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), and that has to do with eternal destruction in the torments of Hell (Rev. 21:8), that reality is far worse than being unemployed or having low wages or not having health insurance or social security going bust or anything else the candidates in these elections painted as being of paramount importance.
The only hope the world really has is God (Ps. 14:1). He loves the people of this world so much that he allowed His Son to be sacrificed on the cross so that we might have the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins, escape our soul’s condemnation and come to salvation through Him (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:8). Politicians will bring about our salvation. Only our savior can do that. Only through Him can our most pressing problem, our eternal condemnation due to sin, be solved (Acts 4:12). Only when we submit to His will in humble obedience can we be assured that all will be all right (Heb. 5:9).
This is the truth that the world needs to be told. The politicians are not going to tell them. The political parties are not concerned with communicating this message. Getting out this message is the work of the church. It is up to us. Let us be about our work with all diligence…
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Gary L. Hutchens