September 20 Reflections

One of the news stories that is getting a lot of attention are the political races that are happening all over the country from the highest office in the land to County Sheriffs. I do not talk politics from the pulpit because I am called to proclaim Good News not the latest Gallop poll. I think God is God; neither a Democrat nor Republican, though God could be the ultimate independent. I believe we make idols when we think an object, a person, or group of people or an ideology is “god.” It speaks for God.
In our country we make idols out of donkeys and elephants. Political parties become idols. It doesn’t make a difference which; each party has come to believe they speak for God. If you are a true believer you will be a republican or democrat, depending where you live and which idol you worship. But God is God, unfathomably bigger than any politician or political party. We need a healthy dose of Isaiah 40, “He (God) sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. God stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. “(Isaiah 40:23) I encourage you to remember that we worship the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world not an elephant or donkey.
This week the Israelites are into making an idol that they can worship and bow down to. Moses’ delay in coming down from the mountain causes anxiety with the perceived threat that they were alone with no one to help them. It is amazing after all God had led them through that they would get so full of anxiety that they would create a god, which they would worship. God had split the Red Sea…provided manna morning and night every day…brought water out of a rock and still they wanted an idol. Tim Keller defines an idol or god this way, “It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.” They had learned to trust God. They had been taught what it means to love God out of that trust. And yet they wanted something other than the living God. We are going to think about this on Sunday as we read and reflect together on the Story of the Golden Calf in Exodus 32. Some passages to read and reflect upon: Exodus 32; Isaiah 40:18-31; John 4:21-24.
Grace upon Grace,
Pastor Verlyn