Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Neither Obama or McCain are my Hope and Change....

It's the political silly season, and the other day I was driving behind a car. On the back of the car there was a bumper sticker "Got Hope?". My reply? Yes, yes I do!

Now, those who know me know I'm a political junkie. I've been reading the political blogs and eating up everything I can about this election. I'm a strong believer in our system and enjoy the privilege of partaking in it. While there are days that I come home ranting and raving about what's going on and the idiocy that does go on in our government, in the end this is an enjoyable time for me.

But I need to make something clear...hopefully those who know me best know that before I affiliate myself with a political ideology or party, I identify my self with a Person -- Jesus Christ. Above all else, that is where my identity lies.

And so yes, I do have Hope. I had Hope before the 2008 election began (it seems like so long ago). I had Hope before it became a popular mantra invoked by a presidential candidate. I had Hope starting in 1989 when I professed my faith in Christ.

You see, my Hope doesn't lie in Barack Obama or John McCain....my Hope lies in Christ and Christ alone. Hope and Change! Because as I'm walking with my Lord, He's changing me each day to be more like Him!

Presidential candidates and presidents themselves make promises they can't keep...they pander to people to get their vote and give them what they want to hear. Christ, on the other hand, doesn't make promises He can't keep. He's faithful to His Word. He told us that He's the only way to God the Father. He's true to His Word and promises us we can have Life and Life more abundantly by following Him.

Don't get me wrong....I have a guy I'm rooting for in this race, and I pray he wins. But if he doesn't, I know that God is sovereign and He'll still be in control over all. Paul reminds us in Romans 13:1 "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God." So, if my guy loses, <shrug>. God's in control and it's all according to His Will. And, in reading Jeremiah, I'm reminded that the Judeans were exiled to Babylon, but God promised to take care of them and to bring them home.

There's no one here that can provide the Hope and Change I truly need. The One who can left this earth 2000 years ago. And, unlike anyone here, He's King for eternity. That's my Hope!

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