Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 20, 2010

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
This is a good morning for all who are on the conservative side of the political spectrum. (I am one of them)
The race for the vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts has gained significant national attendance because of it what it may portend about the political attitudes of Americans and because of how it might impact the President's legislative agenda. Scott Brown's election changes the dynamics of the Senate.
I was pleasantly surprised that Brown won the election and that he won it by a solid margin. It was encouraging for those of us who have reservations about where the Democrats are trying to take us. Everything I have seen and heard about this fellow seems hopeful. But as I watched his acceptance speech, I found myself listening skeptically. As much as I want to buy into this fellow and believe in him, it is increasingly difficult for me to pin my hopes on any politician.
Our President was elected on a theme of "hope and change". Who isn't looking for hope? Who would deny that some change is necessary? Obviously, our citizens are ripe for such promises.
All things being equal, I would tend to hope in a politician who agrees with my values rather than one who doesn't. But I am over investing hope in elected officials. Scott Brown and all the others are going to have to earn my trust.
So, where do we look for hope! Who do we trust?
Is that a trick question?
We hope in the Lord! First, last, today, and forever we hope in Him. The more fully we hope in Him the better! He is our Hope!
Celebrate cautiously a conservative victory. Thank God that citizens still have a voice. Be happy that our system, while badly broken, still functions. Stay informed on the issues. Pray earnestly and intelligently. Watch this Scott Brown closely. BUT HOPE IN CHRIST!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him!