I FELT SO SAD AFTER THE ELECTION
I HAD HOPED FOR UNDESERVED MERCY
BUT IT SEEMS GOD HAS CHOSEN TO REMOVE HIS HEDGE OF PROTECTION
TO SHAKE OUR WORLD
BUT LET US REMEMBER THAT THOUGH HE SAID HE WOULD SHAKE OUR WORLD
HE TOLD US TO BE GRATEFUL THAT WE ARE RECEIVING
A KINGDOM THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN
I want to make it VERY CLEAR that I do not equate being a Christian with being a Republican. There is plenty wrong in both parties. We had a hard choice, as we have had for past elections. My husband Steve voted absentee the day before he died — his choice was between Bush and Kerry — and he was too weak to fill out the ballot himself. His best friend, David Wiebe, a Mennonite and a strong pacifist, filled out the ballot for him. Steve was a pacifist too, so he was hesitant to vote for Bush who had a strong tendency to choose war as a first response. But he told David he simply could not vote for Kerry who was so against protecting life in the unborn and the elderly. I was coming down the hall to our bedroom carrying tea, when I heard this conversation:
“You want me to mark your ballot for Bush? Really, brother?” asked David.
“Yes,” Steve said weakly.
David, in anguish and in strong disagreement, marked Steve’s ballot for Bush. When I came in they were in a poignant embrace — a David and Jonathan, trusting in God, loving in disagreement, and so saddened by their parting.
So please know that though you and I may have voted differently, I do know we did not have a good choice. Sin runs through both parties, and our trust cannot be in any man.
Our trust must be in God and in His sovereignty. For His good reasons, the shaking of our world seems to be increasing:
Where once natural disasters seemed rare in our country, they are common.
Where once we felt immune from attack, we are no longer.
Where once politicians restrained themselves from slander and name-calling — now it is the norm.
Where once traditional marriage and the unborn were valued, they are no longer.
The Lion of Judah is roaring, and it would be easy for our hearts to fail, as did the heart of Habbakuk. I woke up after the election thinking of Habakkuk, and that is where I want to take us next week, for it is the place we need to go this Thanksgiving. But before we take a break from Hebrews over the holidays, this sermon from Keller on an unshakeable kingdom seemed perfect for such a time as this. May it strengthen your heart and soul, my dear sisters. We need to be fortify our souls for what is ahead, and to hold onto a Kingdom that cannot be shaken.
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
2. How did you feel after the election? Why? (I realize this could be Pandora’s Box, but I’m trusting you will express your view in love — and we can also listen and respond to one another in love.)
Monday-Wednesday Bible Study
For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.
3. Read Hebrews 12:18-21
When the Law was given, how does the author of Hebrews describe the sight and the feelings the people had when they approached the mountain?
4. Read Hebrews 12:22-24
A. Describe our real home, (vs. 22) because of the New Covenant, because of the blood of Jesus:
B. Meditate and comment on each of these descriptions of yourself:
1) You are part of the church of the “firstborn” (Keller will help if you don’t know)
2) You are enrolled in heaven
3) You are being made perfect
C. Challenge question: What did the blood of Abel cry out for and why is the cry of the blood of Christ better?
5. Read Hebrews 12:25-29
A. Why must we not refuse Christ? (vs. 25)
B. What, according to verses 26-27 did God say He was going to do and why?
C. When Luci Shaw’s husband died she said, “Pain has a refining work to do in me — showing me what is eternal and what is not.”
How has pain done that in your life? Be specific with your illustration.
D. What promise do we have in verse 28a? How is this impacting you right now?
E. What command do we have in verse 28b? What reason is given in verse 29?
Sermon This is part of your Hebrews sermon pack or you can purchase it individually. It is called Shaker of the Earth. Here is the link
6. It is so easy to build our foundation on a political leader, a pastor, or our identity as being smart, pretty, talented, or wealthy. Be honest and share where you can tend to find your confidence.
7. When the disciples came back from casting out demons, they were pumped at their power. What does Jesus tell them in Luke 10:30?
8. What similarity did Keller see between the shaking mountain of Mt. Sinai and Calvary — and why?
9. Share any sermon notes here:
10. What is your take-a-way and why?