For those of us in the US, the next several weeks will be increasingly filled with character attacks, fear mongering and more as we head to the elections in Nov. The electorate is upset and angry and this includes many who are followers of Jesus. I sure can, and do, understand the frustration that many feel and can see that our nation is moving further and further from the values, attitudes and priorities that honor our Creator. That is why this week’s reading in Acts is a strong wake-up call. Peter and John have found themselves at odds with the political power brokers and the risk to their lives is very real. [Not too long after this their comrade, James, will be executed for continuing to tell others about Jesus like Peter and John are here.] What captures my attention is that these two disciples don’t focus on their rights or politicizing the situation. Instead of focusing on where they stand on the issues their priority was to stand with their God and Savior. Standing close to God is the first and most important step no matter the circumstances. In good times this grounds us and in tough times it anchors us. God is the rock who provides safety, strength, perspective, hope and comfort. “As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God…” Acts 4:23-24 (NLT) Their example stands for us today. More than good government, solid education, affordable healthcare, economic opportunity and racial justice – we need Jesus. He is the answer. Governments will come and go, but our God is eternal. Standing with Him is always the best place for us.
“My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.” 2 Samuel 22:3 (NLT)