From T.M. Schoewe
We just passed Christ the King Sunday, and are coming into the wonderful season of Advent, when we look back to promises of the One Who would come, did come, and will come again. The One Who is called our Lord! And while we would prefer to write about that One Who is called “wonderful,” my thoughts keep running back to the long campaign for president that we endured. It was exhausting and I’m glad it is over. There is more to life than an election and we move on, but when we think about it, the campaigning hardly touched on some of the real problems our nation is facing. The campaign mainly focused on jobs. One candidate said he knew how to create jobs because that’s what he did in the private sector as a businessman, but he never shared with us just exactly how he would do so for the country. The other said he was working on it but needed more time.
However, some of the big issues facing our nation were hardly touched on. There were really big omissions on: the deficit, immigration, gun control, climate change, and last but not least, poverty. On the latter, we know the Lord said “the poor we always have with us!” But we have reached a high of 15% and it is rising because the cost of living has really increased for even those poor who have jobs, and the U.S.A. is second to the highest among 35 of the world’s richest countries. So looking back, we look forward and pray these things will be taken care of in a truthful way by our politicians over the next four years.
In the name of the One Who came into the flesh and dwelt among us, we look back to His meeting with the politician called Pilate, who was told that Jesus was a King. Jesus told Pilate His kingdom was not of this world and that He was also the King of Truth. To which Pilate said, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). And like Pilate, many politicians are not really interested in being committed to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. So we need to turn to the King of Truth Who sits at the right hand of God, our advent Lord called by Isaiah “wonderful,” and ask for guidance. We are not of this world but in this world. And the guidance you have heard before and still should follow is to pray for those in authority. In this democratic Republic that means praying for our president and all those elected to congress, praying they have their eyes open to this country’s true problems and their ears tuned to the cries of the people. As more and more of our people pray for our leaders, the safer and the better off our lives here in America will be. Prayer does change things!