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Winners and Losers

The presidential election of 2012 is over and the incumbent won. But did he? And for that matter did the loser really lose? Life is full of paradoxes, and so is the Bible. As an example, Jesus said, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark 8.35). Our Lord was simply telling us to take God’s point of view; things are not always what they appear to be.

Being the creatures that we are, we tend to get all wrapped up in the moment and we forget about the span of time and events around us. History was not written in a day, nor has one presidential election ever determined the fate of a people. Rather, there is more hidden than revealed, and we must always remember that, as Robert Burns so aptly phrased it, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray”. “But the Word of the LORD endures forever” (Isa. 40.8; 1 Peter 1.25). Do we hear this? Do we understand that from a biblical point of view human activity is tenuous at best?

If America wins, or if she loses, it won’t be because one man was in power or not. It will be because the LORD God so wills it. Therefore, we ought to say, “‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.’ But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil” (James 4.15,16). Are we not then “boasting” to claim our feelings about what happened as being right over the tried and tested Word of God?

Only time and the providence of God will reveal the real winner. And besides, believers know who finally wins, and it’s not the devil, nor is it those who do the devil’s will on this planet. My Bible is clear: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith” (1 Jon 5.4).

Happy Veteran’s Day to all you brave men and women who so honorably served your country. We thank you for keeping us safe and our country free. God bless you!

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New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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