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The election in light of Hebrews 11

I was reflecting on Hebrews 11 this week and with our national election one week away, I was reminded of the need for perspective—faith over the long haul in the same direction.

Reflections on Hebrews 10:32-39; 11:1-40; 12:1-3

In light of the Election
Pray—seek God, not to manipulate but to discover His will, prioritizing what He values—His glory and our mission

Remember prayer is first to commune with God not just to request from God. Pray for Him to be glorified and His Church to be a testimony of grace which shines brightly in darkness.

Think—be informed

A biblical worldview prioritizes a wide array of God-honoring goals. Seek to learn what you can about issues and candidates not just what party they are affiliated with.
Our upbringing, gender, race and experiences form a worldview of things that “go unsaid” and form biases that we do not know we have. Therefore, as we pray and think and seek to evaluate positions and politicians we must seek to do so through a biblical lens—which as best we can, prioritizes God’s heart.

Vote—be involved, trust in God does not remove our need for action, it should motivate our engagement

When we vote we are choosing flawed individuals to lead flawed people through a system that only works when people collaborate and cooperate by concessions. Therefore, character, maturity, perspective and values matter.

Trust—perspective

When the election is over and new local, state and national leaders are selected our responsibility…

—to pursue life in Christ will still be our primary goal—demonstrating our love for God
—to live God’s Word must still be our focus
—to keep growing with God’s people must still be a priority
—to go into God’s world and invest in God’s work will still be our calling

Knowing that as citizens of heaven,

—we long for a future blessing not just current prosperity
—we seek a heavenly city, a heavenly homeland
—we long to receive our promised inheritance

but in the meantime, we must persevere with the eyes of faith captivated by Christ to inspire an active intentional endurance.

 

Today, I also heard this wonderful reminder.

Hey everybody, So here we are a few days away from "IT"…and of course by "IT" I mean what has proven to be one of the craziest elections in the history of all electiondom! (Okay, I'm pretty sure I just made up a word, but then again there seems to be quite a bit of "making stuff up" going on lately…ha!…sorry, I couldn't resist.) As I have watched and pondered and prayed and discussed, there has been one thought I have continued to need to remember…in order to help me resist the urge to completely freak out! Basically it's what the eternal, unchanging word of God reminds us of in Daniel 2:20-21 and in Psalm 103:19: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,to whom belong wisdom and might.He changes times and seasons;he removes kings and sets up kings;he gives wisdom to the wiseand knowledge to those who have understanding…""The Lord has established his throne in the heavens and his kingdom rules over all."God is on the throne and God is in control. Now, I realize that can easily sound like a nice cliché or a Sunday school answer to a massive issue…but the truth as I believe it to be is that there is no more "massive" or more relevant truth that we can and must anchor our hearts to in this moment…or any moment for that matter; God is on the throne. It's been mine and my family's experience that trusting in the sovereignty of God is really the only thing that can keep us sane in the craziness of this life.Yes, we need to vote and do our part as responsible citizens of this GREAT albeit broken and imperfect nation. And we need to pray…ALOT! (And resist the urge to argue and fight with each other about our opinions, etc etc…I know, it is messy.) But ultimately, I really believe that if we can remember that God is the one who removes kings and sets up kings and that he is not biting his nails over the outcome of all of this, we will actually be a whole lot more effective and relevant in this world and in this nation, and a lot less "freaked out". Anyway, just some thoughts from your ole pal scc. And as I was pondering all of this I was inspired to write a song and wanted to share it with you. Here are the lyrics:I hear everybody talking on the right and on the left,They're holding out their promises while we all hold our breath,and if I did not know better I would be scared to death,But God is on the throne.I know that it all matters and there's so much at stakeAnd I know we all need wisdom for decisions we must makeBut there's only one who's making promises that He won't breakAnd He is on the throne. He is faithful and true, everything He says He'll do,And everything we go through, He will go with us.All the kingdoms of man are in the palm of His handSo I will not fear, I'll say it loud and clear, so my own heart can hear itGod is on the throne.Well I've got my fears and worrieslike everybody elseI love this country and it's broken and in desperate need of helpSo I'm praying to the one who has the power to make us well'Cause He is on the throneKingdoms rise and kingdoms fall, only one stands through it allIt's the kingdom of the God of grace and loveAnd I'm not worried because I knowGod is on the throne.Blessings,scc

Posted by Steven Curtis Chapman on Friday, November 4, 2016

Steven Curtis Chapman

I hear everybody talking
on the right and on the left,
They’re holding out their promises
while we all hold our breath,
and if I did not know better
I would be scared to death,
But God is on the throne.
I know that it all matters
and there’s so much at stake
And I know we all need wisdom
for decisions we must make
But there’s only one who’s making promises that He won’t break
And He is on the throne.

He is faithful and true,
everything He says He’ll do,
And everything we go through,
He will go with us.
All the kingdoms of man
are in the palm of His hand
So I will not fear, I’ll say it loud and clear, so my own heart can hear it
God is on the throne.

Well I’ve got my fears and worries
like everybody else
I love this country and it’s broken
and in desperate need of help
So I’m praying to the one
who has the power to make us well
‘Cause He is on the throne

Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall,
only one stands through it all
It’s the kingdom of
the God of grace and love
And I’m not worried because I know
God is on the throne.

The Supremecy of Christ

 From a message by John Piper

I say that all the pictures of the supremacy of Jesus in the book of Hebrews are pictures not only of the perfection of the all-sufficient means of our salvation, but also of the all-satisfying goal or end of our salvation, namely the supremacy of Christ himself experienced with all-satisfying joy. He is the Great Reward. He is the one we know in the “better resurrection.” He is the light of the city to that is to come.

Therefore everything this epistle says about him intensifies our love for him now as our Treasure, and our desire for him later as our final Reward.

He is

  • God’s final revelation (1:2).
  • The heir of all things (1:2).
  • The creator of the world (1:2).
  • The radiance of God’s glory (1:3).
  • The exact imprint of God’s nature (1:3).
  • He upholds the universe by the word of his power (1:3).
  • He made purification for sins (1:3).
  • He sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High (1:4).
  • He is God, enthroned forever, with a scepter of uprightness (1:8).
  • He is worshipped by angels (1:6).
  • His rule will have no end (1:8).
  • His joy is above all other beings in the universe (1:9).
  • He took on human flesh (2:14).
  • He was crowned with glory and honor because of his suffering (2:9).
  • He was the founder of our salvation (2:10).
  • He was made perfect in all his obedience by his suffering (2:10).
  • He destroyed the one who has the power of death, the devil (2:15).
  • He delivered us from the bondage of fear (2:15).
  • He is a merciful and faithful high priest (2:17)
  • He made propitiation for sins (2:17).
  • He is sympathetic because of his own trials (4:15).
  • He never sinned (4:15).
  • He offered up loud cries and tears with reverent fear, and God heard him (5:7).
  • He became the source of eternal salvation (5:8)
  • He holds his priesthood by virtue of an indestructible life (7:16).
  • He appears in the presence of God on our behalf (9:24).
  • He will come a second time to save us who are eagerly waiting for him (9:28).
  • He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (13:8)

All of this supremacy of Christ is poured into the word “him” in Hebrews 13:13: “Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.” To him!