Pastor’s Letter – November 3, 2020 – An Election Day Special

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Psalm 90:1

Dear Church and Friends,

Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to live forever. He couldn’t stand the thought of another sitting on his throne. Suspicion ruled his court; no one was safe from his paranoia, not even his own children.

His wise men created a myth that the gods had ordained his eternal rule. They made this the leading doctrine of his empire. Anyone who would not confess allegiance to the eternal throne was disposed of. Cruelty reigned over the people, who were striped of all freedoms and forced to work for their emperor.

Great works of engineering and military science were created. The people were conscripted into hard labor and dangerous combat, all for the glory of the king. He was widely hated and despised, but only when the agents from the bureau of culture were not around.

Eventually illness attacked his body and he slowly degraded and died. No one was left of his children to take over, and the once powerful empire was no more. David said, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10).

The Lord has appointed a season to all things. No matter how much a wicked king might wish to live forever God sets a boundary on our lives. Kings and kingdoms come and go. And so today we face another national election. These men won’t rule forever and their doctrines will fade away, but the word of the Lord will stand for all eternity.

Let’s consider not the political tides of the moment but the eternal tides of God’s word. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). America needs a church focused on the wisdom of God’s word, not on their political party of choice. Whether the next king is cruel or wise, sober or foolish, let us march under Heaven’s banner of love.

Music: Crown Him by Norton Hall Band

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Poetry: Who Is This by C. Ellis Osterbrock

Who is this sinful man?
I know You ask me as I tend my weeds
I come barefoot with grimy hands
Pleading You to cover my needs
A ransoming, sanctifying
Weaves my being into Your plan
I see my past from Your throne room and ask
Who is this sinful man?
Prayer Requests: Please pray for the following.
  • Rob Kane, Westerville, Ohio. Rob Kane planted Citizens Church in Westerville, Ohio. “Please pray that the Lord would provide partners for Citizens Church and that we would find an affordable place to gather publicly.”
  • Jeanne Bond, who travels to the Cleveland Clinic tomorrow for a procedure.

All my best.

Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

Psalm 90:15

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Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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