I Beg of You

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Gentle Reader,

The election won’t happen for another nine months. We’ve already endured six plus months of this circus. Much as I love politics and everything to do with them (hello, The West Wing), it’s grating. Insane, even.

Absolutely flipping annoying to the nth degree.

It’s only going to escalate from here. I won’t be surprised if we see one of the highest voter turnouts in recent history. I won’t be surprised if it’s a bitter, bloody contest. (In fact, I’m expecting that). Whatever side of the conservative/liberal divide you fall on, whatever candidate you kind of maybe like at this point, please remember:

  1. Pray. Above all else, seek the Lord. Seek wisdom. Ask Him to raise up a wise, humble leader, a man or woman who depends on Him – regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof.
  2. This doesn’t have to be about the “lesser of two evils.” You don’t have to vote for either of the eventual major party candidates. You can pick someone else. If we want to see real change in the political climate of our nation, bucking the two-party system is going to have to part of that. No, coalitions made up of strange bedfellows from multiple parties aren’t always better. But we have to do something to get out of this wretched stalemate.
  3. Your vote matters. It does. I don’t care how disenfranchised or discouraged you feel. This is supposed to be government by the people, for the people. It’s about time those in power started to worry about pleasing their constituents rather than themselves. We can take that power away from them. They work for us. We don’t have to allow people to sit in Congress for umpteen million years.
  4. Worldview matters. Vote your conscience. Don’t worry about who the “inevitable” winner is. Don’t jump on bandwagons. You have to live with yourself. Be consistent. Have integrity.
  5. Don’t be a single-issue voter. Maybe you’re all heated up over education. Or you’re opposed to abortion. Or you into preserving the environment. Passion is great – but don’t let it blind you. A president has to deal with a whole lot more than that issue. Look at each candidate holistically. What are their positions on other things?
  6. God’s plan will unfold no matter what happens.

Finally, please remember that the president isn’t God. Do not pin all your hopes and dreams on a mere mortal. Do not put your faith in a someone exactly like you – a sinner.

Oh, and try not to rip each other’s throats out.

My journey to faith. (15)

 

The Hangover

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Gentle Reader,

As you know, I don’t generally get political with my writing. This has a lot to do with my beliefs as to where the allegiance of a Christian lies and the fact that I can’t stand incessant talking heads and their fear-mongering. Today, however, I am moved to comment.

While I’ve never been drunk, I have been hungover, thanks to the various prescribed medications I’ve taken over the years. When in such a state, straight thinking and problem solving are next to impossible. Body parts hurt. All you want to do is pull the blankets over your head and hope the feeling passes.

This is the attitude I see in our society. Whether Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or something else, everyone agrees that we’re in trouble. Something has to give and, when it does, it won’t be pretty. Despite our collective acknowledgment of the issues, we are too deeply divided – and often actively hostile to each other – to do anything about it.

So, we pulled the blankets over our heads. We kept the status quo. We hope the situation will somehow resolve itself. Fear, propped up by a lack of thinking outside the box, dictated the outcome of this election.

I find that sad.

Now, all that being said, I’m not going to do what my nature wills and freak out about the next four years. I don’t know what the next four minutes will bring, let alone the future so advanced. I’m going to do my best to remember to pray for our president and other leaders as often as possible, because:

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. – Romans 13:1-7 (NKJV)

My allegiance is to Christ, and He wills that I do my part to obey the law and respect the authorities behind it. Until there is a mandate that requires me to do or support something that is quite opposed to my faith, this is my line to walk.

My journey to faith. (15)