“You’ve got my vote,” God says, “if….”

God told Job in so many words, “You’ve got my vote if….” – and he then issued a challenge in Job 40:11-14 that went like this: “Go ahead (Job), show your stuff. Let’s see what you’re made of. Unleash your outrage. Stop the wicked in their tracks – make mincemeat of them. Dig a mass grave and dump them in it,” because if you can do that Job, “I (God) will gladly step aside and hand things over to you,” because “you can surely save yourself with no help from me” (The Message).

In other words, Job, you’ve got my vote if you can smash evil once and for all. And isn’t that what we all hope for from those we vote into power, that they’ll stop anything bad happening to us? And we vote for them because we believe they can do it.

But Psalm 118:8-9 says it’s “Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people or celebrities,” and Psalm 146:3, “Don’t put your life in the hands of experts who know nothing of life, of salvation life.”

By “experts” it could mean people who think they’re experts or are recognized as experts by others, but either way it’s the same conclusion – don’t depend on any human for anything to do with life. Why not? Because, verse 4, “mere humans don’t have what it takes; when they die, their projects die with them,” so even if these experts have done all sorts of good for people, and even kept evil at bay, they still die. How, then, can we trust in any human, when no human yet has been able to follow through forever on the good he wants to do, and he can’t even prevent his own death?

It hasn’t stopped politicians and leaders all through the centuries promising the world to people, however, or allowing themselves to be looked up to as saviours and celebrities, even though they know how limited they are. It also hasn’t stopped them backslapping and doing rousing speeches to stir up people to vote for them either, despite political parties and royalty throughout history abusing their privileges, failing miserably in their promises, and never being able to smash evil once and for all.

But for some odd reason people still vote, as if the systems we’ve created really can save us. It hasn’t stopped mere humans thinking they’re worth voting for either, fully believing they have what it takes to solve the world’s problems.

I wonder what their response would be to God’s challenge, then, that even he would vote for them if they could prove they can save the world from evil without any help from him.

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