"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,
and the government shall be upon his shoulders.
And His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
... Of the increase of his government, and peace there shall be no end..."
This 2016 has been a tumultuous political year. The citizenry needs a good "washing off" and a change of channel from so much sludge and rancor spread over our society. Our minds have been smeared with half-truths, accusations and out right political filth--by those who have vied for the right to govern our country. And now it remains to be seen how we shall be worthily governed.
To have the responsibility
To see further and know more
To have the moral right of 'say so'
To provide for those under your care
To reward good works
To present examples which inspire obedience
The Christmas season reminds us that true Government shall be upon His Shoulders. Not the political party. Not the elected official. Not even our own selves.
One of the greatest challenges to us as humans is to trust and yield. We become skeptical of all authority, because of the imperfect models. We protect ourselves. We try to govern others, imposing our own will. We hide. We "figure" it out. We rebel against directives that cut across our own present desires. How many of us carry burdens, perplexities, and troubles because we decide that we know better than God? The spirit of independence says, "You're free, grown and of age. Your government is on YOUR shoulders."
Over 2000 years ago, God interrupted human history by stepping into a world that governed itself. And it still does. The world's government only produces hatred, racism, greed and poverty, murder, hunger, homelessness, disrespect for God's earth... and worse. The world's government has no room for God, except when we have temporarily run out of our own puny answers.
Yet still He comes. In a manger not to scare us but to save us. Immanuel, "God with us;" He comes to your workplace or your kitchen, wooing and visiting your heart. Still Christ comes. Not just into a Roman society or a Jewish culture.
Still He comes...into your classroom or your church pew or your bedside. The baby in Bethlehem is the crucified and risen savior --knocking at the door of every heart in love, pleading "Accept MY government of your life."
May the joy and meaning of the Christmas season by yours.
May you trust the Christ to govern YOUR life, with the increase of your faith in Him comes "the increase of HIS government" ..AND with it...PEACE.
Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and yours,
~Rev. Dr. Claudette A. Copeland