September 4

Psalm 146:1-4

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.” vss. 3-4

Sometimes it’s interesting to see how people of faith can get caught up in the politics of our time. They will of course be voters…that’s one of our responsibilities as citizens…but sometimes they actually seem to believe that one of the candidates has been sent by God. They contribute thousands of dollars in attempts to sway elections, denigrate the opposing parties, and actually believe the lies and mistruths that are a part of campaigns. There’s a certain naivete about the whole process. In reality the psalmist is right. Our elected leaders are mortals…and none of them deserve our ultimate trust. While some are obviously better than others (at least they appear to be less corrupt) and many are trying to do good in a very difficult situation, all will one day disappear from the stage and will be forgotten. The psalmist recommends putting our trust in the Lord and spending our time in singing praises to God. Our true call is to love kindness, do justice, and walk humbly with the Lord…and when we can do those things we will be making a huge difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. And if we never watch another campaign commercial we’ll be just fine! In fact, it will probably be a blessing!

Thought for the Day: How can people with different political convictions be friends?

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