“When a prophet or visionary gets up in your community and gives out a miracle-sign or wonder… and he says, “Let’s follow other gods” (these are gods you know nothing about), ‘let’s worship them.’” Deuteronomy 13:1 (The Message Bible)
There’s not much that is different in the actions of Old Testament prophets or visionaries than what we witness during a campaign to elect a new president. One would think all the candidates see themselves as gods who can save the world. If one of the candidates hits your “hot button,” like healthcare or creating jobs, you will hang on to every word he or she says about that topic and build an image of how this president can help you. It’s a good thing we vote for a president—everyone gets a chance to say which candidate suits them best, regardless if the candidate is the best person to serve the U.S. as a nation of people.
The Israelites didn’t get a chance to vote for a leader. God appointed Moses. When times got tough, they forgot what Moses had done for them and that God had made everything possible for their escape from slavery. The passage in Deuteronomy 13 continues: “God, your God, is testing you to find out if you totally love him with everything you have in you…hold on to him for dear life!”
The campaign process tests the candidates and the public. May the best “god” for the country win.
Dear Lord, help us not to be caught up in what earthly folks say they can do for us without consulting you first. Amen.