Access, Favor and the Gift

(2 Chronicles 15:2 KJV) ". . . The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you."

Foreign nationals have made significant financial contributions; reputed crime figures and/or their associates have been entertained at the White House; the Lincoln Bedroom has been used to solicit financial contributions from wealthy supporters. The furor over campaign contributions made to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) looms large.

-It is not surprising that people of means would want access to other powerful people or the opportunity to influence policy.

-If the price of access is the making of large financial contributions, so be it!

-And what does it matter that those making contributions are not all citizens and not entitled to vote? Many legal aliens live in this country.

-Making financial contributions to the candidate and party of their choice is one avenue of impacting public policy.

-Men and women have always sought the favor of those who rule. Receiving financial gifts is not peculiar to any political party.

And it is just as well. Despite whatever rules might be made, there will always be those who recognize the benefit of currying favor of the rulers. In some countries, such as Great Britain, there is no limit or disclosure of financial contributions to government officials or their parties.

In the political world, the gift is most likely delivered by an emissary to prepare the way for petitions to come: there are too many seekers for a personal introduction. The gift brings remembrance of the giver as a friend and endears the friend for favor on a playing field that is otherwise level. At least that is the theory.

It is somewhat different with us. We have been granted the rare opportunity to come before the ruler at anytime. We are encouraged to come, before the matter at hand becomes unbearable or we are tempted to do wrong. We need schedule no appointment, and our funds have no power to introduce us.

The introduction was made long ago at the Cross. It is as though the ticket is being held at the box office and we need only identify ourselves. The ticket, the price of admission, is God's gift to us. To paraphrase 1 Peter 1:18-19 {TLB}, God paid a ransom to save us from the impossible road to heaven which our fathers tried to take, and the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for us with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

Prior to the gift we could not come to God without fear of being consumed. As it is said in the 12th chapter in the book of Hebrews, 29th verse, " For our God is a consuming fire." Even the children of Israel stood afar off from God as Moses received instruction {Exodus 20:18-21}. They feared that in the presence of a Holy God they would be consumed; and they sent Moses back up the mountain to return and deliver the message from God.

There is no need for a Moses today to go back up the mountain. And there is no mountain to climb. Rather, God is as near us as we allow Him to be. As stated in Romans 10:7-9 {TLB}, "Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

We give no gift, and have no power to grant favor. We are simply blessed to be granted the privilege to accept Christ!

And this access? It is altogether better than anything we could purchase: it is access to the absolute ruler: "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will"- Proverbs 21:1. And whatever we desire, God hears us: 1 Peter 3:12, " For the Lord is watching his children, listening to their prayers; . . "

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