You know, it’s still legal to talk about God and government. So I’ll do it, but in the reverse order. First, here comes a sublimely ridiculous statement of the obvious–we Americans live under big government in this present era. IRS, NSA, DHS, DOJ–invasive, invasive, invasive, big government!
I don’t spend nearly as much time listening to talk radio as I used to . It’s too maddening. But I did catch just a few minutes of a program a couple of days ago when the host was talking about how Congress cut the interest rate in half on government-funded college loans a few years ago. He suggested that Congress did so with an expiration date on the deal that would coincide precisely with an election cycle. The idea was that, when people began to complain about the sudden jacking up of interest rates on poor college students, “the other political party” could be blamed for its insensitivity toward the needy. Meanwhile, if “the other political party” dared to suggest that the cut in interest rates be extended, they could be accused of draining much-needed funds from an already hard-pressed national economy.
The point I’m making is this–everything is politicized! It’s all about maintaining power, not about the true welfare of the people.
And when government is as big as it has grown to be, not only in our country, but also in many other countries in today’s world, that just adds up to almost every issue ultimately being determined by political expediency and power. Far, far, far too little is being determined by what is right and good for everyday people any more.
What’s This Got to Do with Reasons for Believing in Jesus?
You and I don’t have to be all churned up inside about the world’s rulers or our own country’s politically-motivated, self-serving officials. There is a coming Ruler who has no political motives whatsoever. He has already proven that He is for the people by dying in the place of even the least among the people. (Romans 5:8; 1 John 2:2)
I am greatly encouraged today by what Jeremiah 23: 5-6 says about this coming Ruler:
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness. (NIV)
Let’s make just a few observations from this passage about this anticipated Ruler. First of all, the certainty of this Ruler’s coming is founded in a declaration by the LORD [YHWH] Himself. God Himself says that He will raise up this coming King. It will not fail to happen!
Secondly, this coming King will be a descendant of the historical King David of Judah and Israel. Although it may look today like the family tree of King David has been cut down, a shoot, an offspring of that man’s family line will rise to rule by the power and authority of the Living God.
I’m encouraged today because this coming King will rule “wisely.” He won’t fall for foolish ploys and the machinations of political parties. He will see through failed and destined-to-fail theories of human politics. Furthermore, He will do what is “just and right.” Don’t you long for leadership that will do that? Who do you trust to be truly “just” today? Who do you believe is genuinely righteous?
How can we know that this Leader will be all that He is promised to be? Besides for the fact that the LORD declared it, look at the end of Jeremiah 23:6. Look at the name by which this promised Ruler will be called.
He Will Be Called: The LORD Our Righteousness
This descendant of King David, who will yet rule wisely, bringing true justice and righteousness is no one less that the LORD Himself! On one of the last occasions before His crucifixion when Jesus spoke with those who opposed Him, He asked them the following question.
“How is it that they say the Christ is the Son of David? David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: ” ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ‘David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” (Luke 20:41-44)
Jesus Christ, God in human flesh (John 1:14), was a descendant of David through His earthly mother, Mary. Jesus Christ is the “righteous Branch.” He is “the LORD our righteousness!”
Jesus’ kingdom will be established on earth. (Revelation 11:15) His kingdom will be one in which the citizens will no longer have to ache and long for leadership with pure and perfect motives. (Isaiah 9:7) At last, there will be proper government.
That’s another reason why I believe in Jesus Christ and another reason why I say, “Thy kingdom come.” (Matthew 6:10)