6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Maybe I’m expecting too much. I should know better by now, having read a fair amount of history. Every government devised by man has been based on some proportion of hanging, flogging, and the willing suspension of disbelief.
When I get mad and write or say mean things because my government determines to spend my money to find the most efficient way to mash the words on its founding documents to lay aside its vital promise to stay out of the people’s religious business, I am getting distracted from the things that really matter. When I get angry that the government wastes resources and makes decisions that have no basis in any form of sense or the civil welfare, I’m wasting the energy that I should be using to state positive truths.
This is the positive truth, the basis of our hope, that if we hear God’s Word, and what His Son said and did, and make the decision that these are the treasure of a lifetime, to be cherished for eternity, to be trusted above everything else in Heaven or on Earth, He will forgive what we have done wrong and send His Spirit to live in us and guide us and teach us His Way. Faith, Hope, and Love are the basis of a Government that will never fail or end. Everything else is a temporary inconvenience.
Oh, and Merry Christmas.