“Why have the heathen raged, and the peoples meditated on empty things? The kings of the earth were raised up, and the rulers were assembled together, against the Lord, and against His Christ. Let us break their bonds asunder, and let us cast away their yoke from us. He that dwells in the heavens shall laugh them to scorn and the Lord shall deride them.” (Ps 2: 1-4, Septuagint-translation)
Let me be both consoled and liberated by this “radical” Psalm, whenever I am confronted with particularly disturbing news-stories about the policies and decisions of our political leaders, who sometimes pander to those who “rage” about, and “meditate” upon, “empty things.” …As is the case in the present-day crisis of immigration-policy, when “empty things,” like the political agenda of one group of “rulers assembled together,” inspired by a certain electorate that has “meditated on empty things,” are working “against the Lord, and against His Christ,” – the love and image of Whom is imprinted on the families of immigrants seeking a safe haven in some of our more-prosperous countries.
Today I pray for our beloved President, and also for other political leaders in our more-prosperous Western countries, to “break ‘their’ bonds asunder,” to “peoples” in our midst, and amongst their electorate, who “meditated on empty things,” like “laws” that supposedly override the natural law of respecting the dignity and unity of the family unit. Let “us,” together with our elected leaders, “cast away their yoke from us,” and make healthy, God-pleasing decisions about the suffering and cross-carrying “Christ” at our borders. And, when all else fails, let me remember that God can and does “laugh them to scorn,” when “their” Christ-opposing policies do persist, because laughter is a God-given capacity and a relief, when all else fails.
But Lord, do turn the hearts of our political leaders to You, and Your mercy, as only You can, and help them and us cast “their” yoke from us, – the yoke of those who meditate on “empty things.” Amen!