Unless you’ve been cut off from the world, it’s been nearly impossible to escape the dumpster fire discussion known as President Trump’s impeachment. The whole thing is just ugly, no matter where you stand. From Bill Clinton to Andrew Johnson, impeachment has always been nasty. However, no impeachment has ever been as ugly as the day when God was impeached.
In 1 Samuel 8, a major shift was occurring. The people of Israel had grown tired of their leadership situation. They wanted a king, not a God-appointed judge. Vs. 6-7 explain, “But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them’” (See also 1 Samuel 12:12). In other words, God had been rejected, removed, and impeached as the king of their lives!
When we investigate exactly what went wrong with Israel, the results are extremely concerning. On one level, it’s troubling because Israel showed themselves to be selfish and worldly (1 Samuel 8:5). But perhaps it’s most concerning because many Christians today aren’t all that different. In our age of materialism and selfishness, many of our fellow Christians have impeached God for other worldly masters. They’ve rejected God as king.
Situations like these are so discouraging, but don’t give up. Keep faithfully making God the King of your life. Keep being an example of righteousness. Keep reaching out to those who’ve have impeached God.
Tragically, many will not return, but some will. Even one soul brought to God makes every single effort worth it.