Broken Promises

My son and I supported different candidates in the 2016 US presidential election. Daniel’s candidate won and mine lost.

Nearly each week now, we have a conversation that goes something like this:

Daniel, did you see on the news today that your guy broke another of his campaign promises?

Yeah, well, he’s a politician and that’s what politicians do.

But Daniel, didn’t people vote for him because they said he wasn’t a politician and had no reason to lie?


Many of us have bought into the idea of putting our hope in a political figure. We’re sure that if we don’t elect so-and-so it will be the end of life as we know it. We place our faith in a man in Washington DC or Nairobi or Harare to make all things right, bring justice, and improve our lives, instead of trusting in the Man from Galilee. Politicians are sinful people like the rest of us. They will always put their own re-election and self-interest ahead of those they are supposed to represent. They will always betray the voters. Always.

Only One put the absolute need of His people first. He proved it by dying for them. Name a political figure who will do that.

Jesus is returning one day to claim His kingdom and bring it to earth. Until then, we eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20). He is the only King who will both save His people and rule in righteousness. He’s never broken a promise; He never will.


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