“But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24).
Have you noticed, there’s no end to the confident voices of those who have “the answer” to the problems facing our country? “If we just vote the right people into office….” “If we just take the right steps in the economy….” “If we just spend money on these programs….” On and on it goes with the tsunami of words. Most of our leaders and officials still ignore God and adopt an attitude of We can fix things ourselves. The implied (although not spoken) attitude is: We are so wise that we can figure out how to transform this country with our brilliant ideas. Please don’t misunderstand me…. I am not against efforts to reform and improve our way of life. It’s just that my heart aches (and my mind is cynical) at how we continue to think we can just forget God, and everything will be just fine. As believers in Jesus, we know true change comes through the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. The “wise people” of the world look at Christians as simple-minded children who live in a fairy tale. To think that a man who was crucified 2,000 years ago could affect modern civilization right now is “Santa Claus” thinking to most. However, to those of us who have been changed by Jesus, we know and believe Christ to be the power and wisdom of God! “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). At my age, I am weary of all the “words” about change devoid of the power to change. We believe true hope begins by humbling ourselves before our Creator and Savior and asking for His forgiveness. We seek the wisdom which comes from above…that which helps us to walk in the fear of God and to shun evil. Whether you realize it or not, fellow Christian, the good news of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection is the hope for our nation! Don’t be ashamed of the truth or be intimidated by those who pretend to have all the answers. The first and best thing you can do is trust in the Lord and pray for our country!
Pastor Mark Boucher