What a year it was. There was another housing crises and much concern about taxes. The central government was taking control of just about everything, including religious observances. It was a difficult year indeed. However, this particular year has had a profound effect on not just one nation, but the whole world. You could say that this year has changed the world forever. It is the year in which this prophecy was fulfilled:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
The ruler of the known world was Emperor Augustus. Yet all the political or military leaders, though important, are ultimately quite insignificant. They cannot dispel the darkness that surrounds us.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. (Isaiah (9:2-4)
Jesus is leading His people out of darkness into to light. Are we following Him? What about our nation? Will the prophecy that was given to Israel also be fulfilled for America?
His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:7)
When Jesus returns He will fully consummate His authority on the earth. In the meantime, will we as a people embrace His rule in our hearts? Will we embrace His principles of government which He gave to our forefathers? We do not know the answer. We need to pray that those who have had their hearts stirred will continue to seek His light. We need to pray for leaders who will follow after God’s heart.
The Christian faith encompasses much more than our current political situation.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:11-14)
The nativity of our Lord is still taking place on this earth. As we can see, little changes from year to year. For the Christian believer, however, all things are being made new. Even in the enslaved societies of today people are able to live in freedom from the power of sin with joy in their hearts. This world is a difficult one no matter where we live. Our best choice for each one of us is to seek the Prince of Peace. Our best choice is to seek the Counselor for direction and hope. Our best choice is to turn our hearts over to Him so that He may continually transform us into His likeness. Let us walk as children of the Light and become light bearers in this dark world.
Not so long ago people were saying that competence matters more than character in government. They were wrong. Everything is based on character. Our system of government is based on the character and nature of our God. If we are looking for the right political leaders for this nation we must begin and end with prayer. The political system is too corrupt now. Only God can save us.