The last month has been exhausting! I am glad to see November 8th come and go. I have never witnessed the extreme negativity and bantering that occurred between candidates and those that supported them (and that includes those of us who call ourselves Christians). Unfortunately, all mankind is flawed – we all bear the marks of sin in our lives. It is easy to look at others and judge, not so easy to look at ourselves. Romans 12:23 tells us to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” I am hopeful that our President elect will surround himself with qualified men and women who will give him sound advice. I will try and be patient and give him a chance to lead. As scriptures requires of us, I will be praying for him and that he make sound decisions. But above all I rely upon our God that His will be done for this great nation in which we live. God Bless America!
My spirit has grown restless with the toxic air surrounding our current political dilemma. Presidential candidates’ opinions have literally overridden the importance of presidential character. In response, the political machine we have inherited just drives on - like there’s nothing we can do. And maybe we can’t, but this disturbs me more each day. I have almost entirely avoided this conversation, because I (often at great cost) am a peacemaker! I have always been one to prefer a middle ground over conflict. This may sound noble for a moment – but I’ve even struggled to be very public about my love for Jesus in arenas where it simply might be ‘misunderstood’. There are times when this might seem appropriate, but more often I’m aware that I’m not protecting anything or anyone but myself. May God grant us strength of character and enough self-LESS-ness to do what Micah 6:8 says God requires of us: “To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before our God” (Micah 6:8). This is my prayer: “God of peace, keep us from confusing peace with submission in the face of injustice. Keep us from confusing patience with tolerance in the face of oppression. Grant us true discernment for the sake of your kingdom. Amen.” (From: Common Prayer, A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)