What Can the Righteous Do?Written by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on Nov 06, 2016 in - No Comments
A. With the election just a couple of days away, many Christians are more than concerned; they are worried. Many are worried about “this” person or “that” party being in charge.
B. If things do not go your way, what can the righteous do?
1. That is exactly the question asked in Psalm 11:3.
2. But many use that question, then jump into a sermon on various moral issues.
3. Instead, we want to use Psalm 11 itself and find three things the righteous can—and must—do, no matter who is in charge or what happens in society.
A. The Righteous Can Still Trust God.
1. Psalm 11:2 makes it clear that things are not going well for the poet, but this poem still begins with the comforting words, “In the Lord I take refuge” (Psalm 11:1).
2. David’s attitude was basically to say that, no matter what else is going on, I am going to trust in the Lord.
3. The Lord is trustworthy (Psalm 33:4; 1 Corinthians 1:25; Isaiah 40:10, 28).
4. While we should care who leads us in government, our trust should always be in God, not government.
B. The Righteous Can Continue Being Righteous.
1. “The Lord tests the righteous, but His soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence” (Psalm 11:5). No matter what is going on around us, Christians cannot drift toward immorality.
2. Even when dealing with politics and politicians, the Bible commands us to have gracious speech (Colossians 4:6). Does that define how you have talked about candidates, even through social media?
3. No matter who leads us, Christians are to be righteous in the sight of God. We can disagree with policy or politicians without being disagreeable. We can be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
C. The Righteous Can Maintain a Sense of Divine Companionship.
1. “The upright shall behold [God’s] face” (Psalm 11:7).
2. There are a lot of things I want in this life, but what we should want most is a daily walk with the Lord.
3. Jesus wants to call us His friends! (John 15:15) How special is that?
4. Wouldn’t you rather seek friendship with God than spend time fretting over who is in the White House or Capitol?
A. Every election cycle, we need to be concerned and thinking. But too many Christians get so caught up in the election that they prove their heart and mind are more on earth than in heaven!
2. God is always in control, so I do not side with a donkey nor an elephant. I side with the Lion of Judah and Lamb of God. Election year or not, we must resolve to remain righteous.