Give Us a King…er, President

November 2, 2012

Just one more weekend to go…white-house-south-2007-dj

…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.

10 responses to Give Us a King…er, President

  1. I concur. The Evangelicals that I associate with seem so excited to get Romney into office because they think he’ll defend pro-life, sanctity of marriage, etc. They are in for a surprise I’m sure, as the reality is that those are merely side issues. The Republicans, on the other hand, are pushing the side issues so that they can get their guy into office. Unfortunately, as you mentioned, every president has proven that he is incapable of really fixing anything long-term. It is what it is. We believers have a job to do, it was given down to us in scripture, and it’s time we dropped the idea that we can legislate morality in this country. Get out into the world and witness to is, not vote on it. Of course you can vote. All I’m saying is you can’t vote in your values. Our values will only come if people become believers.

  2. Good points all–I’m tempted to stick copies of this all over the doctors’ lounge the next time I have to listen to all the old guys griping. (You would think that grown men that already lived through Watergate would have a little bit more perspective on the transient nature of politics and be a little bit more zen about the whole thing—but oh, no…THIS election of all the dozens that they’ve lived through is the one of near-apocolyptic importance. Needless to say, it’s not been a pleasant couple of months.)

  3. A good reminder, thanks. There was a nice piece on Patheos this week that mentioned various Christian groups who willfully abstain from politics all together – I think they’re on to something.

  4. Amen!

    I wrote something similar at the end of my election themed blog–http://www.tandemingtroll.blogspot.com/2012/10/election-thoughts.html

    But you did even better, as usual! Great job!

  5. “The leaders of this world will never be able to keep all of their promises. We will never be satisfied with them.” Yes, yes, yes.

    Love the synergy between our posts today. That always makes me wonder about what the Holy Spirit is up to. It’s an important reminder to all of us that God alone is our source of hope. He alone will not fail us.

  6. All I have to say is that I reblogged this over at my site! Great job, Matt!

  7. Loved this, but still stirs something inside my political spot.

  8. I know better than to pin my hopes on either of those guys.

    But I also know the difference between un-American ideals (which are taking us down faster) and the more American version of relatively more freedom and less govt. intrusion.

    This bunch is telling me what I should and should not eat…for cryin’ out loud.

    We are going nowhere with Obama. Nice guy, but lousy President. Time for a change.

  9. 1,000,000,000 Amens.