Presidential Election: Walking in the Old Paths. 8/8/16
Today we are exactly 3 months away from the Presidential election. Since the beginning of the year I have been preparing you for this. But not preparing with propaganda, polls and political parties. Instead it has been with power…the power of God!
Most Marketing today relies on our unhappiness and discontent with our current life. If I was selling you a car 6 months ago it was the best thing ever and it wasn’t even this year’s model, it was already next year’s model. But if you bought the car then you’re probably bored with it now so you really should get the next big thing…you can get a 2018 model! The same can be said of Presidential nominees. We aren’t happy with the current and we want the new, next big thing. We want someone who will promise us words like “change” and “progress” but who doesn’t have any concrete plans or beliefs that they wouldn’t be willing to flip-flop on if their benefactors told them to.
So what is the solution? Can we escape this on our own? The answer is found in Jeremiah 6:16, which says, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
First, we see that it is the “Lord” who has said this and therefore it must be the best thing for us, it must be believed and it must be heeded. Second, if we “stand” in God’s “way” then its truth and correctness will be “seen” and proven. Thirdly, we are able to “ask for the old paths.” Who do we ask? Politicians? Entertainers? No, we ask the only one who can answer our requests. God is the only one capable of fulfilling His promise which He names here: “then you will find rest for your souls.’” But before we receive the “rest” that we long for, there are two other things we need to keep in mind. We must chose the “good way” and we must take action by “walking” in that path.
I exhort you to trade in modern Marketing, slogans and sound-bites for a peace that passes all understanding. Instead heed the Lord and “ask for the old paths.” Sure, it’s easier to flip on the news each morning or check the internet’s newest article on what a candidate said. And if you want to keep that anxiety in your life, if you want to trust people’s wisdom then that’s your own fault. But I encourage you to “find rest” by “walking” in the “good way.” This Scripture in Jeremiah is exciting because it gives us hope; it is also terrifying because it ends with Israel answering God in defiance: “We will not walk in it.” So United States Christians of 2016, will we walk in it?