Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This particular political season has me a bit concerned. I, as a rule, do not watch the news. I don't like it. I don't have time for it. I'd just like the facts and no opinions (thank you very much), but I can't find that. So, I used to ask my dad and my husband political questions. Sometimes their answers were the same, and sometimes not, but I could find my place in the mix. I'd really like to beep my dad to talk this over. This election has become so heated, so ugly. I made my decision a long time ago, which has been cemented by what I have seen of a particular candidate, and by what he evidently (according to his own words) would have his daughters do if they "made a mistake" and became pregnant. Oops! Did I just give myself away? I value life. That's just the way I roll. Also, my discerning meter sounds off an alarm whenever I see that one guy...

So, what to do? Stress out? Fret? Add to my already anxious nature? My husband has been so encouraging in this. You who know him know that he is (usually) quite the level-headed one. He remains calm until given a very good reason not to. He is smart and he looks for unbiased information, and no I don't mean Fox News. So when I have become upset over this he has had the calm answers I needed. And he has been telling me what I know - God is in control. You just don't come to power without God allowing it.

Last Sunday we had a very dynamic guest speaker, Dr. Jerry Taylor from Abilene Christian. He was fabulous and Jonathan downloaded a sermon he gave last year sometime. After listening to it a few times himself, he sat me down last night and had me listen. It was just what I needed. I tried to write notes as I listened, so all of the following may not be exact. He's speaking to how Jesus is The Authority and Ruler and is based on Micah 6:6-8:

He came from the shores of up early one Sunday morning, declaring "all power in heaven and on earth is in My hands." Jesus has got the power! [So] we walk humbly with our God knowing that he had enough sense to start his work in us, and that he's got enough wisdom to bring it to completion. We do not look to Capitol Hill to fight our battles. We look to the One who sits high and looks low and who is still the Head of the church and we say Lord, come quickly! Lord, reclaim ownership of your church that we may be your people - be open for you to live in us and work through us to Your honor and Your glory. Let us follow Him all the days of our that place of love, of mercy, of justice. We will keep marching until we sit in that place where every knee shall bow and every tongue confess His holy name... Keep walking!
So, in this I found wisdom. It doesn't matter who wins this election. Them or us. Donkeys or elephants. Pro-life or pro-choice. White or black. Young or old. Finish the war or give up on the war. Taxes or no taxes. Female or male. My leader is Jesus Christ. He will finish all of this one day. And I'm more than sure there won't be any political parties in that place. Meanwhile, my calling in the middle of all this is:
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:6-8


Rebecca said...

Thank you for posting this. I really needed to hear this. I have become so discouraged with this whole election, but you have reminded me who the real winner is and will always be.