In The Year That King Uzziah Died

For those (including myself) who are anxious about the election: “In the year that King Uzziah Died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple” (Isaiah 6.1, NRSV). So begins the account of the call of the prophet Isaiah. King Uzziah had been a popular, successful king, and his death provoked anxiety about Judah’s (the southern kingdom of Israel) future. So it was probably not a coincidence that it was at this time of anxiety that Isaiah had his vision of the real King of Israel, the Lord of Hosts. Of course, the Lord of Hosts ruled not only Judah but the whole world and that still holds true today. It’s important for us, as Christians, to remember that presidents come and go, the Lord, the true king, abides.

*Please note that I say this same thing every time there’s a presidential election.