In the 2008 election a particular candidate (who shall remain nameless) garnered a large following by telling people what they wanted to hear. Those on the other side of the political aisle grumbled in frustration because no one seemed to pay attention to his ideology, his past record, or, perhaps most importantly, his character. Now we are approaching a new election cycle and the shoe is on the other foot. A particular candidate from the other party (who shall remain nameless) has garnered a large following by telling people what they want to hear and once again no one seems to be paying attention to his ideology, his past record, or, perhaps most importantly, his character. Thinking about this, I can’t help but wonder how many people approach God the same way, telling Him what they think He wants to hear saying, “Lord, Lord,” while hoping their past record, their character, and, most importantly, their unbelief will be overlooked. While I think fully vetting political candidates is important, this does cause me to stop and think about what would happen if God fully vetted me before being allowed into His presence. Knowing all the things that would come to light, there is no way any of us could stand in His presence. Thankfully the Father, by His abundant grace, looks past our track record because of our faith in Jesus Christ. When we stand in the presence of the Father we will be clothed in the righteousness of the Son and our sins will be remembered no more. Politicians will never change their stripes but as believers in Jesus we can look forward to a time when we will be transformed into the likeness of our Lord and Savior.
Adam Davis, Senior Pastor FBC Archer City, TX