I saw the sign. It said plainly, “Not my president!” Before you think this is a political commentary please understand that this sign could have been used in a march this week against Trump or last week against Obama. This sign is nothing new. You see, depending on the situation there are going to be some people who don’t want to submit to the existing authority. There are going to be people who don’t like who is in charge, especially if that authority figure doesn’t stand for or profess what they want to be doing.
But you know what? I am not concerned about the people who are saying, “Not my president!” I am concerned about the people who are saying about Jesus, “Not my Savior!” “Not my Lord!”
First, I am concerned about the people who reject Jesus as Savior. They do this by not believing in Him as the Son of God. They do this by not accepting the covenant He initiated by His sinless, sacrificial blood. They do this by not adhering to the purpose and plan of the gospel. They do this by following a religion other than Christianity. They do this by believing in evolution. They do this by following a culture that is humanistic and hedonistic.
I am concerned about these people because whether they choose to accept Him or not, Jesus IS, in fact, a Savior and more specifically, the only Savior of mankind (Acts 4:12). His future parents were even told, “And you shall call His name ‘Jesus,’ for He will save the people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Jesus’ very purpose in coming was to be the Savior, and that is exactly who He is (Luke 19:10).
Second, I am concerned about the people who reject Jesus as Lord. They may be believers and followers of Jesus. They may even be “baptized Christians.” But just because a person has followed the plan of salvation does not automatically mean that Jesus has become the Lord of their lives. There are people who claim to be Christians who reject Jesus as Lord every day. They do this by not keeping His word. They do this by being their own masters. They do this by stubbornly following their own will, rather than accept His greater and higher will. Such is the sincerest form of hypocrisy. Jesus Himself said at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ and do not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
People can protest against the government and hold up signs all they want. It’s a democracy. Let their actions proclaim their motives and let their political agendas speak for themselves. But woe to the people who protest against Jesus! Because in the spiritual realm it’s a monarchy. And Jesus is Savior and Lord forever! Those who reject Him are ultimately sentencing their souls eternally to a devil’s hell.
“Not my president!”? That’s a political statement. No big deal. It doesn’t make the president not be the president. The laws still apply. If followed by actions this statement will have legal consequences. But it only concerns a temporary kingdom with a temporary leader.
“Not my Jesus!”? That’s a rejection of the love of God. It doesn’t change the fact that “God made this same Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). And its concern is greater because Jesus’ is the eternal King of the everlasting kingdom. And the actions that follow such words will have eternal consequences. He has all authority (Matt. 28:18). He is coming to judge the world (2 Tim. 4:1).
“For it is written: ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:11-12
AUTHOR: Jeremiah Tatum