Sunday, July 31, 2016

Politics, Hate, People, And What My Conscience Is Telling Me.

Lately, the media, news, and election has had me sick to my stomach, and it's just beginning.

I feel many different emotions, but mainly just sadness at the lack of character we accept in the people we support.

The arguing, when we really have no clue how to find real truth in the murkiness.

The intense finger-pointing at everyone else before looking in the mirror.

I almost want to avoid social media altogether. Bury my head in the sand. It seems as though everyone just wants to fight. Prove a point.

Then, sometimes, I'll feel fear. What's going to happen to this world?

SO.

MUCH.

HATE.

With the election.

With race.

With religion.

With gender.

Finger-point, finger-point, finger-point.

All that's wrong in the world is someone else's fault.

So we put all of our eggs in the basket of a flawed political candidate.

Is your head spinning? Mine is.

Then I stop. And I realize, I am not called to put my hope in any human being. No flawed candidate or judicial system.

People:

"Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there." Psalm 146:3 "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118:9

"Don't put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they?" Isaiah 2:22

My hope is in a PERFECT One. All-powerful, Omni-present, the One who Saved. My. Soul. And my hope and trust is ONLY in Him.

"God is not human that he should lie, not a human being that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise." Hebrews 10:23

Now that's SOMEONE I can get behind!

"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods." Psalm 40:4

"Trust in the Lord and do what is right! Settle in the land and MAINTAIN YOUR INTEGRITY!" (Emphasis added) Psalm 37:3

So, while I have strong beliefs on certain political issues (I'm not saying we shouldn't), I will not fight. I will not point fingers. I will not use negativity to try to convince others that I am right. I will maintain my integrity. I will constantly evaluate my motives and the errors in my own ways, because I know I am flawed too.

I will love people.

I will be kind.

I will serve others in the name of Jesus.

I will treat others how I want to be treated.

I will commit to personal growth.

I will do my best to better this world where I am planted.

Dear friends, please, do not go one more day:

"Be on your guard. Stand firm in faith. Be courageous. Be strong. AND DO EVERYTHING WITH LOVE." (emphasis added) 2 Corinthians 16:13-14

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