“…and they bowed down and worshiped him.” (Matthew 2:11, NLT)
In an age of political turmoil and uncertainty, keep the main thing the main thing.
God led the wise men on the first Christmas in the midst of a hostile political climate. No matter what political situation we find ourselves in, God will lead and direct our steps as we seek Jesus and worship Him.
For thousands of years, political rulers and authorities have felt threatened by Jesus and his followers, literally imprisoning them and killing them off.
Yet Jesus and his 12 disciples never sought to overthrow political rulers or seize power. Instead, they brought the presence of a different Kingdom to those around them.
Was there a wanton disregard for human life in the laws of the Roman empire? Yes. Was there allowance and even promotion of sexual immorality? Seems so. Was there corruption and sin within the government structures and leadership? Pretty clearly so, and yet, it did nothing to contain or hinder the good news spreading.
We should oppose unjust laws and value human life highly. Righteousness is good for a nation. And yet, we live in a fallen world. Those who live in it, and according to it, will not always live righteously or make righteous choices (nor will we).
Yet this has never stopped God’s purpose and plan to gather together those willing to worship, willing to enter into life, willing to be redeemed.
Jesus, this Christmas, I bow down and worship you. For though you came as a baby, you are King of kings and Lord of lords and worthy of praise.