Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
Blog Number 06
February 10, 2020
This past week it seems that all I heard about was the Senatorial Impeachment trial of president Trump. Friends of mine on Facebook are both de-crying and celebrating the acquittal. Likewise, I am reading some who applaud Senator Mitt Romney for his stance in crossing party lines and voting for the President’s conviction. Even off social media, wherever I go, I hear people with opposite opinions of the impeachment and it’s outcome. What worries me is that I hear devotion to politicians that almost seems to approach veneration. I cringe when I hear such things. The Bible clearly warns us against trusting politicians.
The psalmist who wrote Psalm 146 says it best:
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help.
4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.
5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
7 who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
No matter who is in elected office, the job of the church is to push for justice and righteousness. Our job as Christ’s body on earth will be to care for those who have less and to encourage those with more to be more open-hearted to those with less. We all called to ministries of reconciliation and to be peacemakers. Our jobs in obeying Jesus do not change no maker who holds what office.
Many of my friends have asked me what I think of the “impeachment thing.” I told them the truth and I tell you the truth. I ignored the whole thing. My obeying Jesus is not dependent on the actions or inactions of politicians. I had the work of Jesus to do this past week and did not have time to worry about politics.
Let us never put our trust in worldly princes. There is only one prince we need to pay attention to and follow, Jesus the Prince of Peace. Jesus, God on Earth. Jesus, the one who decides who enters heaven and who does not. Let us all do what he tells us to do and not worry about the princes of this world.
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