An American Poem of Hope

I woke up this morning and felt like being creative. So I formulated some thoughts on today’s election and decided to put them in a poem. My hope isn’t found in who sits in the White House in January. My hope is in the King of kings that was in full control over Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Xerxes, Caesar, James, and is still in full control over world leaders today. So, my hope gets to be unwavering and I hope that your hope does too.


 

It’s not about you and it’s not about me.

It’s not about the “system” to which we cling.

It’s not about the firsts that are on the brink.

It’s not up to us anyway.

It’s not about the red, about the black, white, or blue.

It’s not about the information we’re fed on the news.

It’s not about the Millennials, Gen X, or Baby Boom.

It’s not about us and it never has been.

We’ve lived for so long thinking we call the shots;

that the elected representatives are the ultimate crux.

We think we are gods and that God should serve us

and keep us so safe and secure how we want.

This illusion of power of which we’re convinced

has never been real, we’re just wrong once again.

We’ve put all our faith in some liars and cheats

and forget that the King’s in control of all things.

The King’s still on His throne and is over all things.

 

Advertisements

Hope

“Jesus knew him. We can always hope.”

As I spoke to a person who is very important to me this evening, that is what they told me. We were talking about losing people from this life and the lack of hope there is if you aren’t sure whether or not they took hold of Jesus’ presence in their life. 

 

Disheartening, right? (well, so I thought…)

 

YES! It could be sad, but what good are you if you think the worst in an already horrible situation? Man does not know another man’s heart and soul, though many a time we think we do. Sure, you can judge a believer by their spiritual fruits; but you have a plank in your eye, (as I do mine) so our view of most people’s fruits are completely faulty. 

 

If you are a proponent for the once saved, always saved doctrine, then you trust Jesus’ sovereignty [Jesus’ omniscience/omnipotence (all-knowingness/all-powerfulness)]. And if you trust Jesus’ sovereignty, then you have at some point realized your own lack of judgement. If a young man finds Jesus and follows him, but a few years later goes on a 10 year struggle with alcoholism and idolizes that god, but then later thinks “What the hell have I done…” and turns away from the evil that is addiction; was he NOT saved for that 10 year span? I don’t really see why he wouldn’t be?

 

As long as we are here on this earth, our natural tendency (as sinners) is to full on sprint away from the Creator God, also known as Dad. We are so incredibly A.D.D that when we see something shiny and new and instantaneously amusing, we would much rather have that than the sometimes seemingly distant love of our Dad. So, we run. And we run fast and we run hard in the complete opposite direction than what was initially meant. If running to Dad was natural and easy, there probably wouldn’t be a very popular worship song about it.

 

Why do we get to run to Dad?

Because Jesus gave us HOPE.

Not the kind of hope people like to think about when they read Jeremiah 29:11. If they truly understood that verse, they would know it doesn’t mean on this earth. True hope and true joy are found in the presence of the King of kings and Creator YHWH. Jesus made it possible for us to experience the presence of the King of kings and Creator YHWH and made it possible for us to be sons adopted before time itself. Jesus not only gave us hope. Jesus IS hope.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

So, to tie this all back in where it started:

The way I judge another man’s heart is horrific. The way Jesus judges a man’s heart is with full clarity. So, why not hope for the best? Why not hope that I am wrong? It all boils down to pride. And I can’t wait for the day when I get to be away from my pride on Eternity’s shore. But for now, Jesus Christ, my hope and glory, will be my joy through the pain and suffering experienced daily on this Earth.

 

Brothers and sisters, have hope; have Jesus.Image