The World Is Watching

Christians on voting day: the world is watching.photo source

Today the election ends.

The rancor, animosity, and malice shows no sign of abating. The nation is divided and the world shakes. There is trouble all around.

How will the people of God respond? The world is watching…

Like most of America, I have been caught up in the drama of this election, but today I am reminded that while I love America, it’s not my home. My citizenship lies elsewhere.

I don’t know what will happen today, but I am at peace because the One who knows is still on the throne.

“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:8-11‬ ‭

How will you react, Christian, to the results of today? The world is watching.

What words will come out of your mouth?
How will you represent Him to those around?

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭

Be at peace, and be thankful. Pray for our country. Pray for our next President.

The world is watching.


Quotes Said By No Politician Ever

Tuesday night at the Vice-Presidential debate, Tim Kaine uttered what has become somewhat vogue in politics: “I am personally opposed to abortion, but…” This is almost always followed by an explanation of how the politician cannot impose his personal views on others. Isn’t that what politics is supposed to be about? Don’t we send people inside the Beltway to right a wrong, correct an injustice, or make a difference based on who they are or what they believe?

Imagine this quote from a politician: “I am personally opposed to guns and gun violence, but the Second Amendment is the law of the land, and it wouldn’t be right for me to impose my personal views on others.” Certainly, the Second Amendment is “settled law,” yet there is no end to attacks upon it by the anti-gun lobby and those politicians who have a financial and/or political benefit to weakening it.

And then this imaginary quote from before January 31, 1865: “I am personally opposed to slavery, but it is legal in the United States, and others shouldn’t be forced to adhere to my personal, moral views.” Thankfully, there were men and women with courage and moral fortitude who were willing to fight a difficult and prolonged battle to stop the subjugation of our brothers and sisters.

This post isn’t about abortion per se, for I’ve already written about that here, where I shared the story of our first pregnancy. What this post is about is our own inconsistencies as voters in what we demand from our candidates, and the pass we give in allowing our politicians to espouse a private code while publicly acting against it.

Tim Kaine went on to say his biggest struggle between his “religion” and his public life was the death penalty! Considering the highly adjudicated process of requiring the life of a heinous criminal, Mr Kaine finds that more problematic than taking an innocent life?

I’ve asked myself why someone would be “personally” opposed to abortion… Over and over, I cannot come up with any explanation other than a recognition it is an innocent life. If it’s not an innocent life, then it’s just a medical procedure that nobody could or should oppose, like the removal of a polyp or a mole. 

If a candidate says they have a moral standard, they should stand on what they know to be true! We should not allow them to seek cover for inaction while hiding behind their “religion.” It is duplicitous and guileful. And we accept it as normal. Too often, our politicians acknowledge a moral stand with their lips, but deny it with their voting record. To borrow from Brennan Manning, it’s what an unbelieving electorate simply finds unbelievable.