Sounds of the Season Devotional
We watched the latest Presidential Debate. Sometimes it was difficult for various reasons. But there was as connection between that discussion and a great Biblical truth. Surprised? Don’t be. Let me start with some sage wisdom from yesteryear about politics and politicians from Will Rogers!
If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics. Weekly Article, July 15, 1923
Congress is so strange; a man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees.
Congress meets tomorrow morning. Let us all pray: Oh Lord, give us strength to bear that which is about to be inflicted upon us. Be merciful with them, oh Lord, for they know not what they’re doing. Amen.
Truth and Peace on Earth
I love to read Will Rogers. And we can be forgiven if we think politicians (and politics) are more about lies than turth. But as the debate discussion wore on, my mind wandered a bit. I began to think about some of my ideas for the Sounds of the Seasons series. Then it hit me. All during this Presidential Debate the discussion was about foreign policy. The whole conversation was about trouble in the world and the very difficult problems we face. Murderous leaders were discussed. Rogue states were mentioned. Many problems were discussed and there was a great deal of finger pointing. And how does that connect us to peace on earth, good will to men?
Many of our favorite Christmas songs (carols and hymns) mention peace on earth. What is that? Were the song writers talking about the absence of conflict on earth? While that could be a worthy goal, is there a greater peace in mind?
Many already know the answer. The Prince of Peace was born on Earth so there could be peace. Ultimately, His peace will reign here on the earth. War will become a thing of the past. But that is yet to be. We live today with all those problems discussed in the Presidential Debate. How does peace on earth apply to us?
As good as earthly peace might be, it pales in comparison to peace with God. And peace with God is what Jesus came to give us. Scripture says we are all fallen, sinful creatures. As such, we are enemies of God. Yet, He loves us anyway and wants to adopt us as His sons and daughters.
That is the ultimate answer to all the problems discussed in the debate. Leaders and nations have responsibilities in a sinful world. Not all those responsibilities are pleasant. Any peace they achieve will be temporary at best. Why? They cannot change a person from the inside out. When a person is forgiven by God, has God’s genuine peace within themselves, then they are a new creation. They have peace with God and it will last for all eternity.
Now that’s something to be excited about, something worth repeating, and something worth offering to everyone. It’s also something worth remembering every time you hear that line:
Peace on earth, good will toward men!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Sounds of the Season Series: Previous Posts
Kings – Video Post
Bread – Video Post
Joy to the World – Video Post