Don't read "just a man" as in "yeah, men, they're such idiots sometimes...". Instead, read it as, "he's NOT GOD...he's just a man."
While this may seem a pretty obvious point, so many of us this week are putting a much too large burden of responsibility on the shoulders of a couple of guys who were created with the same relative bone structure as any of our own husbands, fathers and brothers.
I am so not into politics. In fact, I had fully decided not to vote in this year's election because both candidates disgust me and I don't feel comfortable endorsing either one. It was just yesterday morning---6 days before the day---that I quickly registered my husband and I online to vote...just in case we change our minds.
What I dislike most of all about politics is how it divides normally peaceable friends. This is most obvious to me on Facebook where I can't wait for election time to be over so I can actually enjoy my friends again! We all have our opinions---that's fine---the part that gets me, though, is how much faith people are putting into our next President.
Did you know that no matter who ends up with the title next week, Jesus is still King? He is. He's King. He's in charge. He's allowing all these things that we think we have so much control over to happen---regardless of what we want. In fact, it might not even matter how we vote (gasp!!) because Romans 13:1 tells us that God appoints our leaders.
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." ~Romans 13:1
I'm not saying that this gives us an excuse not to vote---though I'm also not going to advocate that it's everyone's Christian duty to vote---I really don't know how I feel about that. What I do know is this: God's laws and his plan for us are still the same---no matter what person or laws we vote into our small corner of the world.
Abortion? It's the sin of murder, every time, whether it's lawful in America or not. No matter how the baby came to be created. There is never an excuse. Making abortion illegal is not going to stop it from happening.
Health Care? God is the giver and taker of life and health---the healer and the one who chooses not to heal---no matter who is paying the doctor bills and whether or not one can afford care.
Gay Marriage? God established marriage as the very first human institution, not even a week into Creation. One of the very first things he did is unite a man and woman in covenant for the remainder of their earthly lives. So it doesn't matter what gays choose to do---any romantic/sexual union between anyone outside of God's established covenant of holy marriage under him is a sin. No man-made law is going to change this.
Of course I'm not advocating that we all hide out and polish our holy halos, waiting for Jesus while the rest of the world goes to Hell---we are definitely called to fight evil in all places and be an example of Jesus to everyone. One of the ways to do this is to be involved in influencing the way our country is run and what we allow it to stand for.
I am, however, definitely advocating that we don't put so much emotional energy into "fighting evil" that we end up fighting our friends, neighbors, fellow believers.
No man is going to save us. No laws, no freedoms, no lobbying, no nasty Facebook messages will make our situation better. The only One who will bring change to the things we are so passionate about is Jesus.
If we put the same amount of energy, money and passion into sharing the Bible's truths that we do into political campaigning, just imagine the true changes that could come to America!