God can be terrifying. When Moses and Israel were at Mount Horeb, the mountain was on fire. The atmosphere was dark, gloomy and stormy. Trumpet blasts were heard heralding the voice of God speaking so powerfully that the people begged Moses to intervene so that God would not frighten them with his words. “The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, ‘I am trembling with fear’” (Hebrews 12:21).
On the other hand, God can be so comforting. “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (Hebrews 12:22-24).
God is the creating and controlling force of this world. He has the power to destroy and the power to preserve. He will be acknowledged by every person on earth one way or another, sooner or later. All men should seek God, give great thought to God’s power and his words and respond to his love. As the word says, “See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks” (Hebrews 12:25). Jesus is “him who speaks”. His words take the terror out of hearing God speak. Jesus’ words comfort us as we approach God in all his magnificence. Jesus’ message is that God loves us. Our responsibility is to listen and learn.
What do we want for our nation and our people? On election days we cast ballots for or against proposals, politicians, and parties, but what is it we want?
As Christians we want respect for God and His word. We want our laws to reflect God and His word, our representatives to represent God and His word, and our political parties to support God and His word. We do not want pluralism, humanism, liberalism or any other kind of “ism” that disrespects God and His word. But we do not want to endorse terrorism in order to reach our objectives. We prefer an electoral process that will peacefully accept the ballots of citizens to choose, even if we are disappointed with the outcome.
Liberty is the hallmark of a Christian nation. For other nations and religions, terrorism is the method of choice to achieve their desired ends. It has always been that people must ultimately choose between liberty and terrorism, freedom and force. We are seeing it acted out on the world stage today.
As Christians, we want the liberty to choose righteousness, for “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).