January 27, 2010
For I the Lord do not change . . . . Malachi 3:6a
There are some things that just shouldn't change. When I order a Big Mac at McDonald's, I expect to taste two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. I don't expect them to substitute sushi for the beef.
On the other hand, there are some things that should change. One of those things that should change is Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas. Understand, I don't much mind if Goodman personally likes to cavort with showgirls, or if he likes to drink his gin, or if he bets on anything that moves.
On the other hand, I have a major problem -- as defined a very few years ago -- when Mayor Goodman visited an elementary school and told some fourth-graders if he was stranded on a desert island, he would take a showgirl and a bottle of Sapphire Bombay Gin.
I also have a problem with a man who says, "If I'm governor, I'll cavort with showgirls, and I'll keep drinking my gin and betting on anything that moves."
Goodman told the Philadelphia Inquirer, his hometown paper. "I won't change!"
I think he ought to.
While these devotions don't get involved in politics and we would never endorse a candidate, we do believe in Christian responsibility. We believe it is the responsibility of Christians to cast their votes for those who are upright morally and sound ethically.
This we do because we, unlike Mayor Goodman, have been changed. Because of the Savior's sacrifice, we have been washed of our sins and been brought to faith. We've been changed, and we want our leaders to be men and women who do their very best to leave sin behind and serve with integrity.
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, for the changes Your Son has made in my life, I give thanks. I further rejoice that You can be counted on and will never change. Now I pray that You will grant us leaders who will be responsible and ethical. In Jesus' Name, I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries