The best of men are men at best - J. C. Ryle

The Best of men…

When Barack Obama was President, I saw several memes and many post proclaiming how the man was going to destroy the country, and some even proclaiming him the antichrist.

Now I see these same people claiming President Donald Trump was “chosen by God” and the Trump will save our country. While they are correct that God ultimately selects our leaders, Psalms 118:8 tells us:

[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (Psalms 118:8)

J.C. Ryle, while speaking on Matthew 17:5, put it this way:

While He was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5)

Let us see in these words a striking lesson to the whole Church of Christ. There is a constant tendency in human nature to “hear man”. Bishops, priests, deacons, popes, cardinals, councils, preachers, and ministers, are continually exalted to a place which God never intended them to fill, and made practically to usurp the honor of Christ.

Against this tendency let us all watch, and be on our guard. Let these solemn words of the vision ever ring in our ears, “Listen to Christ!”

The best of men are only men at their very best… patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, church fathers, reformers, puritans; all, all are sinners, who need a Savior.

They may be holy, useful, honorable in their place; but they are sinners after all. They must never be allowed to stand between us and Christ.

He alone is the Son, in whom the Father is well pleased.

He alone is sealed and appointed to give the bread of life.

He alone “hold the keys of death and the grave” in His hands.

Let us take heed that we hear His voice, and follow Him.

Let us value all religious teaching just in proportion as it leads us to Jesus. The sum and substance of saving religion is to “listen to Christ!”

Men will disappoint. They will make mistakes. Donald Trump does not have the ability to save our country. Jesus is the only one that can save. Jesus is whom our country needs. Pray for our leaders, but trust in God alone!

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