January 3

Genesis 8-11, Psalm 3

Our last presidential campaign was one of the most divisive in our nation’s history. Despite government’s continual failure to provide any real solution to our world’s problems, everyone clings to their nominee as though the world will cease to exist if they are not nominated. After last year’s election I actually had patients say that before I could go on with the exam, I had to tell them who I voted for. After telling them who I voted for, I told them that God was not biting his nails, sitting at the edge of His throne in Heaven waiting for Pennsylvania to come in. Trump was God’s choice, they could decide and only God knows whether he was installed for our nation’s judgment or blessing. I also tell them that no matter who won, we are to pray for them, and quote 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” But looking at recent presidential slogans, submission to God is nowhere to be found. Hillary Clinton’s was “Stronger Together”. Donald Trump’s was, “Make America Great Again”. Mitt Romney’s was, “Believe in America”. Barack Obama was, “Change we can believe in”. George W Bush was, “Yes, America can”. Al Gore’s was, “Prosperity and Progress”. Notice every slogan exalts nation, not God. I’m not a politician, but a good slogan would be, “Let us submit to God again.” Though that is what we need, I don’t think that slogan would get me many votes.

We find our first government and it’s leader in today’s reading. We read in Genesis 10:8-9, “Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord;…”. Nimrod means “rebel”. Many say the verse would be better translated , “He was a mighty hunter against the Lord.” We read of his nation in 11:1,4, “Now the whole earth had one language and one speech…And they said, “Come let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Nimrod built this tower as a ziggurat, to worship the stars, creating the first false religious system. God gave us the stars to communicate His story, the zodiac and astrology has perverted this. This is also in direct rebellion to God’s direction to Noah to spread out over the earth. The Lord put an end to this in Genesis 11:9, “Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” This was the first of many nations who have sought to elevate themselves and diminish God. As an aside, for those who call into question the reality of the Tower of Babel and the rest of Genesis 1-11, though the Tower was built around 2250 BC, as late as 480 BC the Greek historian, Herodotus, comments that the actual Tower of Babel was in a state of disrepair.

It is our duty to vote for governmental officials. But our hope must be in God not any man or nation. Interestingly, in Acts 2 at Pentecost, God did indeed unify mankind as the Holy Spirit empowered the 120 gathered in the Upper Room to communicate the gospel message in languages they couldn’t formerly speak to people in Mesopotamia, Cappadocia, Egypt, Arabia, Galatia, etc. Unifying under any banner outside of God will fail. Paul said in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Until King Jesus is ruling in the Millennial Kingdom, every government will be flawed and should not be the focus of our hope.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato