Picking up the Pieces Where We Left Off

 

Tonight was a historical election and many Americans are either elated or deep down inside have a growing sense of angst, remorse, fear, and doubt in the general direction of our country. I want to say that I believe I am an American patriot. I believe the best of America. I was a former Mitt Romney staffer and have worked on numerous political campaigns before I joined the Army. I worked thinking real change comes from the bottom down and not Washington insiders. What I’ve learned is that real Godly change is not through legislation, politicians or bureaucrats. You can’t legislate morality. You cannot win men’s votes if you haven’t won their heart to God first. Many people think it’s the other way around. When we get good politicians up there that they will usher in what we expect and need of  them. Nothing could be further from the truth. I agree our country is increasingly becoming secularized, but where is the Church in all of this? Are we doing our best by winning souls for Jesus or are we more concerned about ourselves for the time being now?  America has becoming increasingly divided. But God is still sovereign he is still in control and as the scriptures say,

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

So don’t freak out about the next 4 years. We also have another midterm election in 2014. God’s our provider, not government or politicians. I put on the uniform and serve our country because I love our country and I hate to see how we have so morally fallen, as the scriptures say,

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Is America really searching for God right now? I don’t believe so. I think we are so engrossed with ourselves we can’t even see the writing on the Wall or God speaking to us. Maybe God will continue to leave us in the wilderness (high debt, unemployment) and in our sin until we do make a full circle of repentance and coming back to God. Nothing is certain what we hear everyday. The one thing we can always count on is the Word of God. It won’t come back void. Moths won’t eat it up. All of God’s promises prove to be true and God is a faithful, not just for this life but in the life to come. We need to start thinking about things in the context of eternity. God is a great God who is worthy, right and true. Hes not in it for our demise, but our time is limited here on the Earth, and I believe many people in the church are spiritually dead or asleep to what’s really going on.

As Jesus said it will be like the Days of Noah before the flood and his return. Take an assessment of world events, the climate we’re living in and generally ask, are we living in these times? I would say yes. Take a personal assessment of your spiritual life? Are you contributing to God’s kingdom or detracting from it? I am not saying Christians shouldn’t be involved with the political process. Yes we need to vote. Yes we need to be aware o f how candidates stand in relation to the Bible. But that’s not the be all end all. We need to go to God first and realize that he’s the real change. He’s the real hope. And that as Christians we live in a dark, sinful and fallen world and we must exhibit the light of Christ no matter who is running the show here on Earth. If we look at our fallen selves what separates us form the world? Is it Christ? If so start acting like him, putting action in with your faith. Lastly we need to pray.

 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” 1 Timothy 2:1-3

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