Articles and thoughts by Steve Green.
The eyes of our nation are on the candidates. Television ratings are up dramatically and interest in the upcoming election is at an all time high. With a dash of Hollywood and a good dose of theatrics, each party put on a convention show that was impressive, desiring to persuade voters to lend their support and cast a vote in their favor come November.
Along with you, I’ve watched the speeches and listened to the endless analysis. In the end each of us must come to a conclusion as to which candidate best represents our values and worldview. Yet behind all the rhetoric there looms a troubling issue. Does it seem to you that once again people are looking for a savior, a leader who will deliver them from their problems and give them what they long for? What’s more, the candidates seem eager to play the part. The faces of convention goers betray their misplaced hope as they either weep with emotion or cheer at the prospect of deliverance.
In announcing one of the candidates, a speaker assured the crowd that our nation would be secure in the hands of this nominee. The people shouted their approval and I quietly trembled at the suggestion.
Our founding fathers had at least a fundamental understanding of the depravity of the human heart and so formed a system of government with checks and balances. While there would surely be remarkable leaders in positions of government, they were still just like the rest of us, real people who had been given the task of serving the good of their fellow citizens. The wisest of them trembled at the responsibility and acknowledged their dependence upon the Almighty.
When William Carey was nearing the end of his life he was asked which verse he wanted preached at his memorial service. Fearing that too much would be made of him after his death and wanting to magnify God’s grace he pointed to Psalm 51:1, “Have mercy on me O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my many transgressions.”
Charles Spurgeon reminds us that the best of men are at best, just men. There are no earthly saviors that will usher in utopia. We have the great privilege of casting a vote for our candidate of choice, but we must guard against pinning our hopes on any person, for in the end, they are just men at best.
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