Last week, I was focused on making phone calls for Ted Cruz for President.
He was not my first choice or second choice. Those distinctions fell to Scott Walker and then Bobby Jindal, both godly men, and good governors. The next President should have successful executive experience, I had decided, with clear-cut Christian convictions.
Sadly, those two candidates lost their respective bids for chief executive.
US Senator Ted Cruz was next. Brilliant, courageous, unflinching, and blessed with a divine conviction for righteousness, I had no less respect for his fights for our rights, and our nation’s Founding Charter.
He stood his ground in floor-fights against budget-busting resolutions. He defended the Constitution against sell-out colleagues. He frustrated a lot of legislators and lobbyists.
But people loved him.
Yes, FiveThirtyEight.com determined that he was too conservative, too uncompromising for the general electorate. You know what? I don’t care. His views on our nation’s values were not extreme, and his pursuit for their preeminence and prominence was no vice.
Not at all.
With great sadness, I witnessed Cruz drop out of the race after a poor showing in Indiana. His efforts–and to a much lesser extent mine–were too little, too late. Perhaps Cruz should not have declared a subtle truce early on with the illiberal New York Democrat-turned-GOP frontrunner. He should have nailed the longstanding delegate-leader on his flip-flops from twenty-years ago to the present day.
Today, all of that is water after the rain.
While making calls to the Hoosier State, I had one extended conversation with a conservative Evangelical household, words which brought me comfort then, and give me grace for today. He was grateful that I, a Californian from the Left Coast, was taking the time to encourage Republican voters in the Right Midwest to turn out for Cruz on May 3rd. More than half f the people I called pledged to vote for the junior US Senator, or already had.
“We are conservative Evangelicals,” this Hoosier told me. “And we are voting for Ted Cruz. But no matter what happens, God is still on the throne.”
Too many people repeat this phrase only to treat it as a light cliché, although every revelation about our living, loving God never grows old, but contains new insight and brilliance.
“God is on the throne.”
What does that mean?
He is very much in charge, and we have nothing to worry about, because He cares for us:
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29: 2)
We can draw from this Proverb what everyone one of us should seek in our earthly leaders.
But do we not realize that the Righteous One, Jesus, is already in full authority!
“Christ is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1: 30)
How about we see Him in full victory, instead of looking at our temporal miseries!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2)
God the Father is on the throne, ruling over those who believe on Him. Jesus His Beloved Son is seated at His right hand.
Guess what? Jesus has all things under His feet:
“[God the Father] raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” (Ephesians 1: 21-23)
Now get this: You and I are seated in Christ!
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised usup together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” (Ephesians 2: 4-6)
Because we are seated in Christ Jesus, we rest above the rotten, sordid, horrid circumstances of this fallen world!
There may be giants in the land, but when you see Him with you, they are just “people”.
Do you see an army of rabid rebels at your doorstep? Just open your eyes and see the Lord’s heavenly hosts surrounding them.
Do you see a world where evil reigns and victory is lost?
The Word of God has the Answer to these seeming woes:
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5: 17)
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 4)
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4: 17)
Jesus’ death is our death, so that His life is our life. His victories are now our victories!
We do not need to worry that Ted Cruz lost. We have victory in the Cross!
He Is Still on the Throne. So Are We! He Reigns. So Do We!
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