Choose this day...
It should come as no surprise to anyone reading that I have myriad titles. Father, husband, author, and patriot, just to name a few. Every single one of them requires loyalty, integrity, and hard work. And there's one role that ties them all together.
I can't successfully be any of those other things unless I give them to God. Will, in fact, utterly fail. Why? Because I have human limitations. Human understanding. And human ambition. You know what else? I'm not alone. Everyone is in that boat. Including our politicians.
This election season has been the most turbulent I've ever witnessed. Pretty terrifying, to be honest. Especially when I see people equating their candidate of choice with salvation. And then expecting everyone else to fall in line or else. That didn't work for the Israelites and it won't do for us. Don't believe me? Check it out:
1 Samuel 12:12-15, 24-25 English Standard Version (ESV)
12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the Lord your God was your king. 13 And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the Lord has set a king over you. 14 If you will fear the Lord and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the Lord your God, it will be well. 15 But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you and your king.[a]... 24 Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. 25 But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.”
Did you guys catch that? God's chosen people rejected Him and wanted a human leader. So He gave them one... with the warning that He still must come first. All it takes is a short jaunt through the historical books of the OT to see what happened to them when they didn't obey.
... and here come the 'not a pastor-in-chief' crowd. Don't worry. I didn't forget about you. I actually have a question:
Care to take a guess what the qualifications for being a leader in the early Church have to do with leading Israel? Here's a hint: everything.
So listen, folks. If you're supporting someone who doesn't put God first, you're making a mistake. Remember what I said up above? EVERYTHING fails without God at the helm. There aren't any exceptions there.
Okay, y'all. I'm done preaching after a final little passage:
"And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”