…Many of us have rested many hopes on the shoulders of one man or the other.
We assure ourselves that if only the right man is elected, then our troubles will be erased:
We will have more money.
We will enjoy more opportunities.
We will be safer and more secure.
We will be happier.
We have a lot of hope pinned on what happens next Tuesday. Half the country will be elated, while the other lies around in sackcloth and ashes, certain that it is the end of modern civilization as we know it.
In times like this, I like to recall this:
Samuel told the people what the Lord had said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights:
He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.
He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord.
The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”
No matter who you vote for next week, remember that you are voting for a man. And whether the man is a king or President, human government usually does many of the same things.
The leaders of this world will never be able to keep all of their promises. We will never be satisfied with them.
I am a junkie for presidential history for one reason: every last one of them are absolutely fallible and flawed. None have done everything the people wanted to be done. Sometimes they were forgiven for doing the wrong thing. Other times, they were punished, in spite of doing the right thing.
There is only one king who keeps all of his promises. There is only one king who deserves our full trust and loyalty. We have only one king, and we are loyal to only one kingdom.