Deuteronomy 30:1-10 – What Is Mercy? It’s Like a Liberal Withholding Judgment from Trump

Posted: April 27, 2017 in Book of Deuteronomy
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Deuteronomy 30:1-10

A Call to Return to the Lord

Have you been watching the liberal world’s reaction to the Trump presidency? No matter what Trump does, they are going to consider it a failure. There was a meme that was floating around on the internet and Facebook a few weeks ago that was hilariously funny. It showed on one side of the picture, a liberal railing at Trump about why he needed to do something for the poor, defenseless people of Syria. The next frame beside it is after Trump has bombed Syria and the liberal is railing at Trump for having done something. It seems no matter what Trump does, whether it is good or bad; the liberals just jump all over it even if their protests one day are contradictory to their protests the next day. They just don’t like Trump. They are not willing to give him a chance. They are not willing to let this non-politician evolve into his job. Sure, Trump never does himself any favors by his unpolished style and saying what is simply his opinion and not always what is wise to say on the world political stage that he now occupies. However, for all his faults, he is actually trying to do a good job and he is doing his best to surround himself with people who know what they are doing. The world has not ended because of the Trump presidency yet.

 

He was, from Day 1, not giving the honeymoon of 6 months to a year that most presidents get right after being inaugurated where they are not roundly criticized. They are usually given that time for us on both sides of the aisle, liberals and conservatives alike, to see what patterns of behavior a new president and his administration will display. People typically withhold judgment for a while. Trump has not been so lucky. Sure, I voted for him because he was the only Republican option. I did not hate Hillary but her political leanings were just amazingly too far to the left for me. So, the only electable option other than Hillary was Trump. I felt then and still do now that Marco Rubio would have made a far better President than Trump or Clinton. However, my party went nuts over the loudest voice. They fell in love with the celebrity and braggadocio of Trump and not his substance. Given that, I am not sitting here at my laptop writing this as some staunch Trump supporter. However, I think we should give the man some time to evolve into his job. We have elected outsiders before. Jimmy Carter was a Washington political outsider. We as a nation gave him a chance for about a year or year and a half before we realized that he was inept and unable to effectively run the presidency. He was given time to prove himself inept and a bumbling fool when it came to the presidency. Not so with Trump. He has been branded the devil by the liberals and no matter what he does; he is wrong. He is forever branded an enemy of the liberal cause and even if he created the free education, $20 minimum wage, government programs for everything, socialist state that the liberals want, they would not accept it because it would have been Trump who did it.

 

It is almost like the girl from the book, The Scarlet Letter, who was forever branded with a red “A” on her clothing for having committed adultery at one point in her life. She was forever branded by New England society. Never to be treated with dignity ever again. It is like the McCarthyism of the 1950s. Peoples lives were ruined by the Communist hysteria created by the McCarthy’s witch hunt. Many notable Americans at the time were branded as Communists by his US House of Representative subcommittee, the House Committee on Unamerican Activities, and their lives were forever ruined by that committee. Once branded a communist, you could never find work or even a life of peace again. It trickled down to main street America and there was a nationwide paranoia about being communist. It was an ugly time for America. It was unfair. People were branded with Scarlet C’s and nothing would ever change them back into people of worth to the nation even if they were proven innocent. The accusation of being a communist was enough to end their lives as they knew before the accusation. They were branded as enemies of the nation and that never changed. Trump is being given the same treatment by liberals. They have decided from Day 1 that he is the devil himself and nothing that he will ever do in his presidency will be acceptable to him, even if He does good things for the nation.

It was that contrasting idea of how the liberals in America treat Trump that came to mind when I read this passage about God’s promise of redemption of Israel as long as they returned to God. My thought was what if God was not that way. What if we were permanently branded as an enemy by God? Let us read this passage together this morning:

 

30 When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, 2 and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes[a] and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. 4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. 5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors. 6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. 7 The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. 8 You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today. 9 Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors, 10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

 

Here, in this passage, Moses told the Hebrews that when they were ready to return to God, he would be ready to receive them. God’s mercy is unbelievable. It goes far beyond what we can imagine. Even if the Israelites deliberately walked away from God and suffered the consequences of their sin, God said He would still take them back. God would give them spiritual renewal. God wants to forgive us and bring us back to Himself too. Some of us will not learn of the love and mercy that God has for us until we have hit rock bottom and our world has crashed in around us. It is often the greatest testimony of the a forgiving and redeeming God is a person who had wrecked their life before coming the Christ. The sorrow and pain that they have gone through provides new insight into what God had been saying to them all along. No matter how far we have wandered, God promises a new beginning when we come to Him with a truly repentant heart and beg for His forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

When we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, our past is no longer held against us. Our scarlet letter is removed and we are restored to good standing in God’s society. When we accept Christ as our Savior we are no longer branded a friend of Satan. Our past becomes our testimony not our sentence to prison. Our past speaks of how a just but loving and merciful Father can redeem His children. By all rights, the accusations of sin against us are real and worthy of branding and worthy of punishment in hell. We deserve to be separated from God forever. We deserve to be the Trump to liberals – forever disdained, forever branded as an enemy, forever unforgiven. In the sight of God, we violate all that is pure and righteous and we deserve to be permanently separated from God. By His justice, we should be forever tainted and unworthy of forgiveness or mercy. However, we know that God is equally as merciful as He is a God of justice. He gave His Son for us so that He could redeem us. We had to have a substitute to take our place in the Hunger Games. Jesus Christ has taken our place in the reaping so that we could live. He took on the punishment for our sins that we rightfully deserved and He made us right again with God. No longer branded as deserving hell. No longer excluded from God’s family. We are made new. Our slate of sin is wiped clean. We are given new life and never condemned for who we were before Christ.

So, maybe, in this world today in which politics are polarized and people are forever branded one way or another. Maybe, in this world, where you won’t listen to someone because of what political label you have forever branded them with. Maybe, we should look at how God forgives us and rips the label of sinner off of us by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Maybe, we should be less stringent about our political beliefs and not see the label and see the person. Maybe, that would lead to working for what is best for the nation and not this you’re the devil and if I work with you on anything I will explode mentality that has seized our nation now.

 

Let us remember that God redeems us from our sins through Jesus Christ when He could by all rights and in His Sovereignty caste us to hell. Let us reflect His merciful nature in our dealings with others. Let us be willing to give others a chance to show us that they are not the devil incarnate. Let us not be a people who permanently brand others as enemies and never ever forgive them. Let us be merciful.

 

Amen and Amen.

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