They Will Exalt Themselves

I am writing this post in the midst of a presidential election year.

It is an election year that has been and promises to be a real circus. But then again aren’t they all.

As with every presidential election cycle or really any election cycle there is a plethora of promises to change everything and make it all better.  And just as in all previous election cycles there are plenty of potential voters out there ready to lap up the lies and I’m talking lies all around, for and from everyone.

This morning I read this verse from the Gospel of Matthew:

Matthew 23:4-7

They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues  and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others.

(FYI – phylactery: a small leather box containing Hebrew texts on vellum, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer as a reminder to keep the law.)

Christ certainly wasn’t the first voice of God to point out how corrupt the leaders have become.

When I read this I thought of the other prophets I have read in the Old Testament and how they lamented the corruption and vanity of the leaders.

This is how it is today and how it always will be.  Christ knew this as did King Solomon who saw the trappings of vanity and self indulgence.

Christ sums it up later in Matthew 23:12:

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.  (More simplicity from Christ)

Do you really think that any of those vying to be leader of the “free” world or even those who lead your state, county, city or township are going to humble themselves?

No, they are in it to exalt themselves and say look at me.

Those who are in power or think themselves in power are and will be corrupted by their vanity.  This is how it has been for thousands of years.

Jeremiah spoke of the corruption of those who were to lead the people, as did Isaiah and the other Old Testament prophets.

So I ask you this.  If this is how it has been for thousands of years and not even Jesus Christ could turn the evil nature of man’s vanity, what makes you think your guy or gal will be any different?

© Otis P Smith and About the Groove, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Otis P Smith and About the Groove with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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