Pastor's Letter October 2020

Who Do You Trust?

Dear children of the heavenly Father, baptized into Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit, you know the love of God, you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and you know the communion of the Holy Spirit. Politics and government is of importance for our bodily life and existence in this world, just like food, drink, and clothing. Your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But in the words of Psalm 146: Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. 

O you of little faith, don’t worry about the coming election in November, who the president will be and what the government will do. Don’t worry about the chaos, riots, and violence in our nation’s cities. Don’t worry about the injustices that many suffer. Seek first the reign of God and His righteousness. Pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Hear God’s Word and resist not the Holy Spirit who is forming the mind of Christ in you through the Word. No matter who is elected as president or put into the other offices of government, those positions will be occupied by sinful human beings. They will all fail to establish righteousness, peace, goodness, and truth. None of them can save you or our nation. 

Only God’s reign come in Christ Jesus, only the forgiveness of sins promised in the Gospel, only the renewal of the Holy Spirit through the Word of Christ can save sinners, give life, and change human society for the better. Thus as you prepare to vote in the coming elections, make sure your conscience is formed and captive to the Word of God. Cast your vote for the good of your neighbors, especially those who are the weakest and most vulnerable, who cannot speak or defend themselves. Do not vote for people and policies that will make you rich and prosperous. There will be definite and important earthly consequences no matter who is elected; people lives are at stake. Yet regardless of the outcome, Christ Jesus crucified and risen reigns at the Father’s right hand in glory. He reigns over all of history and every nation for the good of His church. He is reigning over and in the church through Word and Sacrament: Forgiving you your sins; giving you His righteousness and holiness; and keeping you in the eternal life and blessed communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

O you of little faith, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Don’t worry about your health nor how long you will live. Don’t worry about money and the economy. Your heavenly Father knows you need these things and He shall graciously provide, for you are far more important to Him than the birds of the air or the lilies of the field. Being anxious for these things is of no help to your neighbors or to yourself. Being consumed with anxiety and worry does no one any good, but prevents you from doing the things you must and entices you to do the things you must not. Being anxious leads you into temptation. Worry leads you into fearing, loving, and trusting in things that are not God, especially money, power, and pleasure. Seek first the reign of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

In Christ,

Pastor Josh