Ruler of Kings…by Brian Gates
Ruler of Kings
Had enough of the 2020 election, yet? It goes without saying that it has been quite a week in America as the election theatre hit its zenith. All year this drama has been amplified by the pandemic causing governments to lockdown populations and economies to suffer. Throw in the chaos from months of protests and destructive riots in the mix and we end up with what must be the craziest election cycle in our nation’s history.
As I write this, key states are still counting. Lawsuits have been filed over claims of fraudulent ballots. By the time you read this, perhaps the outcome will be clear. Perhaps not. With all the drama leading up to the election, why should we expect the vote tallying process to suddenly be simple?
Even with all that, we are blessed to live in a country that gives its citizens a voice. It is, no doubt, an important honor, duty, and privilege for us as believers in Jesus to use that voice to support policies that honor Him. It is right for us to vote for goodness and truth, for freedom to worship and proclaim the Gospel, to defend life for the defenseless, and against immoral policies that produce evil and suffering.
Indeed, our lives are affected by the outcomes of the ballot box. It is cliché to say that elections have consequences, but it holds true nonetheless. But whatever the results, it seems prudent to remind ourselves of a few enduring truths.
We are but sojourners here.
This fallen world is not our home. While our involvement in the political process remains important, we realize that our hope is ultimately not of this world. Psalm 146:3 exhorts us to “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.“ Even the best governments run by men and women will always disappoint. Our hope should be found in the only One that can eternally change a human soul, the One that is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hope in Christ.
God Almighty is our sovereign King.
“Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! 2 For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:1-2,8).
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16).
God is seated on His Throne in glory. He rules over earthly princes, presidents, and prime ministers. Everything is within His sight. There are none outside His authority. There are none outside His sovereign hand. Whatever might be happening in the world, we can rest knowing that we serve a mighty and awesome King.
We must pray.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
We are to be a people on our knees praying for those in authority over us. How different our country, our world might be if the saints were more earnest in prayer.
He will return.
“and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen” (Revelation 1:5-8).
In His perfect time, Jesus will return to Earth and set everything aright in righteousness. Our King will reign in the very presence of those that know Him.