This past week the nation witnessed the inauguration of its new president.  Some people were thrilled, others were furious.  Some see it as a “new beginning” for the country while others are certain it is the “doom” of the country.  While this event occurs every four years, the speculation is that it has never been as rancorous as this year.

I’m thankful to be an American and live in a country where the people have a voice in their government and choose those who will hold positions of power over them.  I’m one of those patriotic fools who thinks we have the best government systems ever known.  There is much I do not like about the present state of our government and the politicians who run it, but I’m happy that we can make changes on a regular basis (if we so choose) and try something and somebody else.  However, we must never make the mistake of confusing how our civil government and its structure with our citizenship in the kingdom of the Lord.

The Lord’s kingdom is just that, a kingdom.  A king rules with absolute authority over his subjects.  The subjects do not have the right to change the king’s decrees, nor to vote in a different king when they no longer like or wish to be under the authority of the king.  I’m very thankful and blessed to be a citizen of the Lord’s kingdom.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8).  Our Lord didn’t promise us things in a campaign that he later reneged on when we became a part of His kingdom.  His rule, laws and governance don’t evolve or become outdated over time.  James 1:17 describes the Father, the one from whom all good and perfect gifts come, as one “with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”  If only our earthly leaders could be so consistent!

We do get to make a choice regarding the Lord being our king.  Just as Joshua put the choice to the Israelites as to whom they would serve (Josh. 24:15), we too must choose today whom we will serve.  The privilege of that choice comes with responsibility.  If we do not choose God, we are responsible for the eternal consequences of being separated from God.  If we choose the Lord, we are responsible for diligent allegiance and devoted service to Him.

We don’t worry from day to day or year to year if the Lord will be faithful and true because He always is.  Any change that needs to be made must come from each of us.  That is why the call for repentance is made repeatedly in the New Testament (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19; Acts 17:30; Romans 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:10).

In the United States, every time we change our leadership, there is a lot of worry about the future.  However, as loyal subjects to our Lord, we have no need to be anxious about the cares of life (Matt. 6:25-34), or the One who rules over us.  Read Phil. 4:4-7, and thank God for his eternal rule over us.