A Whisper in the Wilderness By Scarlett Stough

 

I feel like a whisper in the wilderness, an ant in a herd of trumpeting elephants. Who is listening?

The political roar has quieted for a time. Our political gods have either won or lost. We fashioned them in our image and expected them to carry out our demands. We listened to the promises, the lies and the distortions until we were dizzy with confusion. We wanted our hero to ride into town and banish the consequences of our sinful, greedy choices. But our hero idols cannot bring the justice and peace they promise. They don’t know how. They don’t have the power.

Hidden by the noise pollution of political advertising and opinions is the message God sent through his Son Jesus Christ: “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:12-13)

The Holy Spirit and the Bride echo the message to all who will listen:

“Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17)

Our political gods promise things they cannot deliver. If they could keep all of their promises, we would find ourselves groaning under an even heavier burden of injustice, taxes and poverty than before. They are not God. (I Samuel 8:10-21)

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:37)

The Psalmist wrote, “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? (Psalm 2:1)

He concludes Psalm 2 with this warning:

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2:10-12)

Jesus is that Son. He is the good news, the Gospel, that our fortunes do not rise and fall with human heroes. Our genuine and lasting riches come only from God through Jesus Christ. (Colossians 2:2-15) No human king, government, president, or philosophy can do anything apart from God. (John 19:11)

I am not saying a Christian should not vote or hold office. I am saying we must not confuse the function of human government with the kingdom of God. Another thing, is it right for one Christian to condemn another for making different political choices and call their devotion to God into question? Read Romans 14:4 and decide.

We who follow Christ must not look to human government, political parties or ideologies or a political hero to do what only God can do. When we preach politics instead of Jesus, the Lord and Savior of mankind, we are practicing idolatry not godliness.

If we belong to Christ and his kingdom, we are a kingdom of priests. Our role is to educate people in the greatness of God and in the righteousness of living his way. (Titus 2:11-15)

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.--Titus 2:11-15

To paraphrase a TV personality: “If we are Christians, why are we not preaching Christ?”

Why is the message about and from Jesus Christ, the Gospel, a mere whisper in the wilderness of this world? Can we not, by the power of God, change our whispers into a bold and clear sound carried by the Holy Spirit around the world? Can we not be those living stones that cry out praises to God, the Savior and Sovereign of all?

 


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