Monday, November 5, 2012

Looking for Utopia

Yesterday at Life Bible Fellowship Church, our Lead Pastor Gary Keith preached on Revelation 21:1-5. His key question was, "Where is our true hope?"
It was a great message and very timely, since sometime tomorrow night we should know who will be our president for the next four years. A lot of people's hopes are riding on this election. And a lot of the hope manifests itself in panic if the other guy wins.
If we believe the candidates, we seem doomed either way. Governor Romney tells us that if the President is re-elected, then we will continue on this historically slow path to economic recovery. President Obama tells us that if Governor Romney is elected, we will go back to the economic policies that got us into this mess in the first place.
In essence, both candidates are saying this: The other candidate will keep us from the wonders that await us, and I can lead us there!
If we believe the candidates, then we believe that they can bring us money, health, safety, and freedom. If a person is truly able to bring you money, health, safety, and freedom, then it might be appropriate for you to consider worshiping him. I am not trying to be sarcastic. That would be an amazing feat! That person would probably be worthy of some pretty heavy devotion if he could accomplish all of those things.
The fact is, no person can guarantee that we will have wealth and financial security. At any point we could have a personal or national economic collapse. We could get fired, have investments go south, or get robbed. No person can guarantee our health and safety. We will all ultimately get sick and die, and as secure as we can become, evil people can always find ways to get into airplanes and movie theaters and cause pain. And no one is strong enough to guarantee our freedom. Stronger nations than ours have fallen. We are no immune.
Ultimately, I still think that Donald Miller put it well when he said, "The truth is, we can make things a little better or a little worse, but utopia doesn't hang in the balance of our vote or of what products we buy." Neither of these candidates is going to save the world. Neither of them is going to fulfill our hopes.
The good news is that the Bible tells us that our hopes will be fulfilled at some point. Revelation 21:3-5 says, "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!'"
God himself will be with his people. It will be God who provides an end to fear by removing death. It will be God who provides an end to pain and suffering and grief. And at the end of the passage he makes it clear that he, and he alone, is the one who makes everything new.
After this election, some things might get better. Some things might get worse. But utopia does not hang in the balance. Thank God! Our problems will continue, but our ultimate hope will still be just as secure as when it was first promised.
There is only one who will make all things new. He alone deserves our worship and attention.

1 comment:

  1. Personally, I am right there with you when you state "There is only one who will make all things new". Just can't agree with the concept of suggestion that it really "doesn't matter" who we vote for. I don't think that this "God given" country of ours...THE United States of America...was meant to run on it's own. It WAS founded on the "principles" of God's "love letter" to us. Therefore, we are given that special "priviledge" to VOTE for the man/woman that could best lead us in the direction we "discern" is closest to the direction via that "love letter" God has given us in HIS written word. Thankfully, we don't have an appointed dictator, king or ceasor....we have a right, I believe given to us by God, to cast a vote for a man/woman who has the closest "moral and ethical" beliefs as our heart discerns through His written WORD. Your's implied that our vote or discussion carries no meaning because God is ultimately going to take care of everything anyway. Reminds me of the joke about the guy who was in a flood that was sweeping through his town...offered help to escape the flood told his would be rescuers that "he was praying for God to save him"....later when he was on his 2nd story window because the water was rising turned down more rescuers who were in a boat...then later on the roof by a helicopter lowering him a "lifeline" chose to continue to pray to God for rescue! When he died and ultimately asked God in heaven why he hadn't HE answered his prayer, he replied, "I sent you, boat and a helicopter!!" dadada... It's like those who think if they just pray for God to money in their bank account, they won't have to worry, because God has promised to take care of "the birds of the air and flowers in the field". Seriously, I would love to have you reconsider your thoughts. He DID make this world for us to "rule over" now didn't he? I really have worked hard to help those who would "go along" with your theory to a fault when I believe that God would intend us to "shout out" our love for our brothers and sisters and encourage them to take "ownership" in a country HE has so wonderfully blessed despite the things that we allow by sitting still and waiting for "HIM that will make ALL things new". With respect and hope in our Lord and Saviour.... :-)