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May 22, 2013

“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God?  Will what is molded say to the molder, “Why have you made me like this?  Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use?”  Romans 9:20

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Scandal and politics seem to go together.  I don’t know if there has ever been a US President that did not have to battle some sort of charges of wrong-doing or abuse of power during their administration.   Several political scandals are currently rocking the US Presidential Administration of President Obama.  President Obama will be making the case over that next several months that he can still be trusted despite these accusations of impropriety.  President Obama will have to make the case to his supporters that these wrong-doings were isolated instances and that they can still trust their government to protect their interests and rights.  The president has to make the case that he can be trusted with power.

We will see how successful he is in the next several months.

The US government was created with checks and balances to curb the abuse of power by the government.  Have you thought about why these checks and balances are needed?  They are needed for the very reason that there are political scandals in every presidential administration.  They are needed because a government places the governing into a position of authority over the governed.  The very nature of that authority is ripe for lording over those subjected to the laws of the land.  There is no cornucopia of trustworthy leaders in history who have handled this authority well.  That is why we need checks and balances between the various branches of government.  That is why we need a free press.  That is why we need free and open elections.  We need all these mechanisms because our leaders are mere men and women and we can be corrupted by power.

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Men and women cannot be blindly trusted with authority.  It does not matter how wise, intelligent or great they may seem to be.  I am cynical of any politician or leader who tries to persuade me to just trust them.  However, what if they were completely trustworthy?  What if they were completely good?  What if they were completely loving?  What if they were completely honest?

Absolute power in the hands of someone like that would not be corrupting. 

I think that our correct cynicism of human rulers has a tendency to corrupt our view of God.  We want some sort of checks or balances in God’s power over the ruled.  I don’t find Paul’s explanation of God loving Jacob but hating Esau, before they were born, very satisfying in my human mind.

What shall we say then?  Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means!  For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. Romans 9:14-15

Many people are unsettled with this concept of  “if God does it, that means it is not illegal.”  However, this is when we need to fight against putting our human characteristics and flaws upon God.  We only need checks and balances when the one in authority is corruptible.  That does not define God:

God is good;

God is trustworthy;

God is faithful:

God is honest;

God is love.

It is by faith in the character of God that we can drop our cynicism of his rule.  If God does it then that does mean that it is good, right, legal, fair, and loving.

I know that this is a very simplistic answer to a very difficult passage.  There have been many books written on the implications of Romans 9.  I think the study of the sovereignty of God and man’s free will is good and beneficial.  However, we can over-complicate the issue in pursuit of an answer that will satisfy our sense of fairness.  Our sense of fairness is built upon the premise that the ruler is corruptible.

There are particularly difficult doctrines that require a child’s faith. 

I don’t like the thought of those “vessels of wrath prepared for destruction.”  However, I accept that with the faith as of a child.  If God has done that then it is not against His character; it is not unfair; it is not wrong.  This world is not about us.  It is not about the creature.  This whole world was created to make much of the Creator.

God can do whatever He wants and that does not make him a tyrant.

He is not a tyrant because of who He is.

He is the Creator who is not corruptible by absolute power.  He does not need His power checked.

We just need to learn to trust Him in all things…as a child.

PRAYER: Lord, there are a lot of things that I do not fully understand.  Help me to be faithful to who you are as I wrestle with the deep truths about You.  Father, keep me firmly fixed on the foundation of your Son as I seek to know you more.  Lord, keep me from arrogance in the doctrines that I believe to be true.  Give me the faith of a Child.  Preserve that child-like faith throughout all aspects of my life.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ.   Amen.

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