In the interest of full disclosure, I am not an expert on the caucus system. I know it is a means by which some state political parties choose their nominees for the presidential ticket. I am also aware the system involves more interaction between participants as they gather in meetings to discuss the candidates. In the case of the Iowa Caucus, local citizens gather in each of the state’s 1,681 precincts which meet in schools, churches, libraries and homes.
By now you are probably aware of the ruckus. The much-anticipated Iowa Democratic caucus has turned into a confusing mess, due to an apparent code error in the App that is supposed to gather the results.
This “meltdown”, as it is being called by some media outlets, has taken on a life of its own. Perhaps you have seen the memes.
As politicians ponder the implications of this embarrassing situation, I would like to suggest a biblical connection. There is another ruckus of eternal proportions that has been going on for a long, long time.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus died on a cross outside of Jerusalem, as an offering for the sins of the world. According to the Bible, this amazing act of love was a major defeat for Satan. Jesus’ sacrifice made it possible for everyone to seek redemption and be freed from spiritual bondage. Three days later Jesus rose from the grave, validating His authority over sin, and His ability to raise us up when we pass from this life.
Enter the ruckus.
Satan isn’t about to go down without a fight, and one of his most effective tactics is confusion. He uses our troubles to deceive us into believing Jesus isn’t really victorious. Once, Jesus was addressing those who were putting more faith in their earthly heritage than the grace of God. He said, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
How do we know Satan is lying? When he moves his lips. Lying is his “native tongue.”
You would think there would be no question regarding our victory. After all, Jesus died, was buried and rose again. This message, also called “the gospel”, has been proclaimed since Mary Magdalene saw Jesus alive at the empty tomb.
Still, the ruckus continues.
People dismiss the resurrection. They doubt their worthiness. They deny the power of God.
Those caught up in the ruckus say, “Who am I to believe?” “Am I really victorious?”
Allow me to answer this second question:
Our victory is a sure thing! When Jesus rose, the earth shook, and Satan was dealt a stunning defeat!
Well, not really that stunning, considering who defeated him.
Yet, the deception continues, and people still seem confused about the results.
This is why I wanted to take a moment today to make certain you are aware of the facts. It goes something like this:
God – Winner of Eternal and Glorious Victory
Satan – Destined for the Lake of Fire
It doesn’t matter how many meetings take place at this point. Nothing is going to change the outcome.