By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen, First Baptist Church, Spearfish, SD
This is a reminder that God (by which I mean the Triune God who has made himself known in the Bible and in the person of Jesus Christ) is not a Republican, Democrat, Tea Partyer, Socialist, or one from any other political party. He’s an Independent. That is, he’s independent of it all, being, as the Bible says, the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity. He is the one who transcends anything and everything, in every way. He is the absolute and final authority of the universe, the one who is the standard of behavior, and who has made his expectations known in the pages of Holy Scripture. He is the one who, as the Bible says, does not, in contrast to the rest of us, change. He is the one who refuses to be the personal servant of self-centered humanity. He is the one who will not be put on a leash and led around by or for any political party. He will not, and cannot, be put in the box of any political party. He opposes wrong wherever it is found, and supports right wherever it is found, and will hold us accountable for our behavior. He is not now running for political office, nor has he ever done so. Therefore, he does not change his views on issues to get more votes. He does not make promises he cannot keep. He will not send us a bumper sticker if we promise to vote fo him. He will not send us a tote bag if we donate to his campaign fund, nor does he ask for donations to his fund. He never worries about someone finding out the hidden truth about his private life and making it known to the world. That’s why Christians sing that grand, old hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty.”


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